Illinois' budget battle moves into overtime


Dozens of demonstrators refused to leave the state Capitol until they were forced to, reports said. "We ask the governor to stop holding the state budget hostage and join us in working in good faith to end this destructive impasse".

"A stopgap (budget) is a mistake". Beginning Thursday, a three-fifths majority will be required to pass bills rather than a simple majority. He says he doesn't think his fellow Democrats should vote on taxes that don't have enough support to pass.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says in a statement that the plan moves the state closer to a sale and shows a willingness to work with the Republican governor.

The Democrat-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been deadlocked on a spending plan for two years.

The last time Moody's cut Illinois' credit rating was June 2016, following the state's failure to reach a budget deal. Their funding stalled when a partial budget expired on January 1. "And they're off and they say they're going to hold some sham hearings". Universities and community colleges will see more layoffs as some struggle to keep their doors open. He's overseen an additional 6 credit downgrades and an explosion of our backlog of bills from $4 billion to $14 billion.

If lawmakers fail to reach agreement on a budget with provisions created to reduce the state's structural deficit, it's likely we will again lower the ratings.

State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), who sponsored the bill in the House, says the bill would increase voter participation and bring the voter registration system in IL up to date.

"He would negotiate, then back away, negotiate, backin' away", said Madigan. "We will invite and will expect participation by all members of the House".

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IL legislators have approved two pro-LGBT bills and sent them to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto.

The House adjourned without taking up a $37 billion Senate spending plan, saying Senate Republicans didn't provide any votes.

Rauner's spokepersons, however, have dismissed those efforts as "phony".

It's unclear whether Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the bill.

The task of passing a budget gets more hard after midnight, when a supermajority of legislators will be needed for any bill to take effect. And they noted all components of the bipartisan package passed out of the Senate.

After the bills passed the Senate with veto-proof majorities, the governor's office pounced on the legislation as unacceptable.

When those talks broke down, Senate Democrats made a decision to go it mostly alone, passing the bills they say they negotiated with Rauner and the Republcans. The governor has said he would support that proposal. The Senate pension reform measure, however, hasn't cleared the House. They're not doing it.

Rauner - who faces re-election next year - called reforms he wants to grow more jobs, as well as the property-tax freeze, "not partisan" and necessary. "Our elected officials need to choose the side of the people, right now they are putting the interests of the top 1 percent and corporations ahead of human needs", said Alex Muhammad, a protester.