Rauner Says Lawmakers 'Derelict' on Budget


Reever, joined by representatives and leaders of other organizations like the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB, released a joint press release characterizing this past legislative session as "one of the worst for employers", pointing to a "l$3 itany of anti-employer, job-killing measures". Some schools have been able to front the money in hopes that they'll be reimbursed, but others can't.

IL has the nation's widest spending gap between low- and high-income school districts.

Despite the absence of state funding, CPS CEO, Forest Claypool, has announced schools will open on time for students in the fall.

Republicans questioned the cost of implementing the changes. Madigan's party has a hefty majority in the House; members could have approved the Senate budget, or a revised version thereof, if Madigan had so desired.

"Since we sent our letter, the governor has yet to take us up on our offer and has continued to refuse to meet with House negotiators".

Superintendents of Illinois school districts, organized behind a "Pass Illinois' Budget!" initiative, gathered in Springfield on Wednesday to demand lawmakers pass a state budget before midnight. He expressed confidence a compromise could still be reached before the next fiscal year begins July 1, but after Wednesday a three-fifths supermajority rather than simple majority is required for passage.

The full House adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Instead, House Speaker Michael Madigan said that the House will hold public budget hearings in June, beginning with one in Chicago on June 8. Republicans have introduced their own plan for the sale. If it goes down I'd be OK with that. The administration is requesting changes including trying to end a long-term lease with retail tenants.

In a statement, Madigan denounced Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's "reckless strategy of holding the budget hostage to create leverage for his corporate agenda".

Governor Bruce Rauner reportedly says he'll veto it.

Secretary of State police estimated as many as 400 individuals convened at the Capitol.

Roughly half a dozen other states, including OR and West Virginia, already automatically register voters.

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Even politicians' go-to solution to IL financial crises - tax hikes - only succeeded in making the state's problems worse. The protesters are part of a coalition called Fair Economy Illinois.

"The governor's reckless strategy of holding the budget hostage to create leverage for his corporate agenda that pads the profits of large corporations and insurance companies has for the third year left IL without a budget at the end of the May legislative session", Madigan said in a statement. The current minimum wage in IL is $8.25 an hour.

House lawmakers voted 61 to 53 Tuesday.

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, says that, even if Democrats do not pass a spending plan, it doesn't mean they're avoiding their responsibility. It also assumes savings from a proposed increase to state employee insurance premiums which have not been agreed to by employees. Under the plan, workers age 18 and over would see the wage jump in increments until 2022.

"We have so many people in our past who fought to make sure we live better than they did", says Brenda Crisp, executive director of Uni-Pres Kindercottage. "Democrats in this state feel it just as passionately as Republicans..."

That playbook hasn't worked over the past two years, however. But they'd be able to seek a waiver from the Illinois State Board of Education.

"This is a phony two-year freeze riddled with holes being offered in exchange for a very real and permanent, massive tax hike", Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said.

Rep. Reggie Phillips, R-Charleston, said deferring the decision another month "is a good thing because now it's going to boil down to Chicago needing their money".

"The bond houses have moved their recommendations to around that date". [T] he size and scope of IL government is out-of-hand. It is aimed at easing the process of merging or dissolving townships or for cities to absorb townships occupying the same geographical area.

All eyes are on Springfield today as the spring session ends, and there's still no budget in place.

The Democratic-controlled House has several options Tuesday. The debt taxpayers owe worsened by more than $20 billion over the four-year tax hike period. "Hearings about a budget, taking public testimony about a budget, now?".

The fiscal year 2015 crisis was small enough that lawmakers could paper over it. Klinger and his fellow marchers say their budget plan would offer young people opportunity and give the elderly a sense of security.