Gov. Rauner Calls Special Session To Take Up GOP Budget Plan


"I and my colleagues, the House Democrats have been willing to compromise throughout this entire session and we've tried to pass bills that were things that the governor wanted or he said he wanted", says Halpin.

"The fact is that Bruce Rauner is more interested in playing politics than getting a real deal done for the people of Illinois", Salustro said. "In the days ahead, let's show the people of IL we have their best interests in mind, not our own".

At a news conference Wednesday, House Republican leader Jim Durkin and other GOP legislators indicated they'd support tax increases that were part of the grand bargain proposal Democrats passed in the Senate last month.

Read the full proclamation here.

House speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) issued a statement saying, "We have stated unequivocally that a resolution to the governor's budget crisis - which has resulted in eight credit downgrades and tripled the state's debt - must be our top priority".

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"I am anxious to return to the Capitol to continue our work on a comprehensive budget solution", Radogno said. And the lottery agency that runs the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions games is threatening to drop IL if there's no budget by the end of the month.

"I have encouraged the governor to do this". Where were the Republicans last month when we took hard votes to pass a budget that will allow us to pay our bills on time? Compared to the latest revenue estimates from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, or COGFA, that would leave just under a $5 billion budget deficit for 2018.

During the impasse, the state's backlog of unpaid bills has topped $14 billion and there've been major blows to higher education and social services with cutbacks.

Rauner, who hasn't called a special session since the budget impasse began shortly after he took office more than two years ago, suggested last year that he would investigate paying for a special session out of his own pocket. The proclamations direct the General Assembly to consider legislation that will reach a balanced budget with changes to what the governor describes as a "broken system", including property tax relief, job creation, term limits and spending caps. We've seen this before: "political stunts that cost taxpayers money instead of actual governing". These are questions we need to know [the answers to].