Balanced Budget

Gov. Rauner calls for 10-day special legislative session
June 15, 2017

“Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session beginning next week, to try to put an end to the historic budget impasse. Rauner made the announcement in a Facebook video in which he also pushed for a Republican-backed ‘compromise’ budget plan. The clock is ticking toward the end […]

Biz groups blast lawmakers as budget clock runs out
June 1, 2017

“As state lawmakers prepare to run up the white flag on enacting a new Illinois budget by tonight’s deadline, major business groups are ripping the Democratic-dominated General Assembly for what it has done. In the past two days, measures to establish a $15-an-hour statewide minimum wage, mandate five days of paid sick leave a year […]

Session ends without budget deal
June 1, 2017

“Spring session ended with another thud Wednesday, as Democratic fear of blowback from raising taxes trumped a desire by some to put a spending plan on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk. The end result is that for the second year in a row, partisan dysfunction at the Capitol sent lawmakers into a summer overtime session, […]