Illinois Budget Failure Brings Credit Downgrade


And the House didn't vote on the Senate's plan.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs climbs the grand staircase Wedensday at the Capitol in Springfield on the final day of the spring session.

But 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 Republicans.

IL will not have a fiscal 2018 budget by the end of its spring legislative session at midnight on Wednesday after House Speaker Michael Madigan announced earlier in the day that work on a spending plan will continue in June. "If he is serious about modernizing IL government and saving money for taxpayers, then automatic voter registration is an excellent way to do both". The Women's Center, a shelter offering services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in eight southern IL counties, has said that without an infusion of state funds in the coming months they'll have to close their doors.

For the third straight year, the Illinois General Assembly has adjourned without approving a full-year state budget that the governor has agreed to sign.

"We want to engage with every member of the Legislature, House and Senate, Democrat and Republican", said House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Among the things that didn't receive funding by the end of the regularly scheduled IL legislative session is money for a resort at Walker's Bluff.

The state has been without a budget for two years.

The rally comes on the last day of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly. The situation without a budget three years running is dire - so much so that U.S. Congressman Bill Foster (D-Illinois) weighed in overnight.

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House Democrats struggled to find the votes to pass a tax hike bill sent over by the Senate, some say because of outside pressure from the Rauner political machine.

Democrats have complained that the Illinois Republican Party, funded largely by Rauner and his allies, has targeted them in advertising and "robo-calls" for being in favor of a tax increase.

Months ago, the Senate was very close to passing a budget with Republican support but Democrats said the governor killed it at the last minute. "There is a concern where they just don't have a high level of confidence in how the governor has conducted himself".

Voters enter a polling place to cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Bradfordton, Ill. Rauner was asked how that differed from the planned Democrats' traveling he dismisses as a "sham". "Hearings about a budget, taking public testimony about a budget, now?. We should be negotiating real terms". The Senate approved a two-year local property tax freeze and the House OK'd an increase in the minimum wage to $15 over five years. IL is home to the nation's widest spending gap between low- and high-income school districts because it relies on local taxes to fund more than 60 percent of education costs.

However, a Rauner spokeswoman says Tuesday's plan doesn't go far enough.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner called the blown deadline "a complete dereliction of duty" by the Democratic majority of the General Assembly and a "tragic failure to serve the people of IL". Rauner vetoed a similar measure a year ago.

"I understand that that is happening outside of this building, but we have got to stay focused on the goal", said Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jiminez, R-Springfield. "Go back and ask him what it is he wanted".

Rauner has been pushing for the sale since 2015 but Republicans weren't happy with the Democratic-sponsored measure, arguing the governor should control future zoning changes and development costs.

Oak Park Democratic Sen. She said Rauner's constant attacks on Madigan are "not helpful".