No Budget Vote on Deadline Day; Gridlock Extends into June

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

But it now becomes more hard, as any spending plan passed requires a three-fifths majority, and since the Democrats only hold 67 seats, they will need Republican support. He says he doesn't think his fellow Democrats should vote on taxes that don't have enough support to pass.

State lawmakers passed a similar measure a year ago, but Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it. Legislators tweaked it a bit and apparently that was enough to change Rauner's mind. Their funding stalled when a partial budget expired on January 1. He says there is reluctance to act on a Senate-approved $37 billion proposal because Senate Republicans didn't provide any votes for passage. And it has led to layoffs and big cuts to universities.

An analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice also notes that 32 states introduced bills aimed at implementing automatic voter registration in 2017.

Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.

In the end, Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago, announced the result. "We will invite and will expect participation by all members of the House".

Illinois House lawmakers will end the spring legislative session without a vote on a budget plan, as Speaker Michael Madigan declared the chamber will spend June in an effort to strike a deal between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Cullerton says senators could adopt a new freeze if a two-year freeze works.

The Senate last week cleared three budget bills.

SPRINGFIELD-House Bill 1785, a measure to modernize IL law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, passed the Senate Wednesday night 32-22.

"House Democrats know that the only way we can get a budget is by working in a bipartisan manner with cooperation and compromise".

The House approved a plan aimed at initiating the sale of a downtown Chicago building housing about 2,200 state employees. The governor, however, vowed to sign those measures. "They do nothing but set IL back in time via a 1960's style burdensome regulatory price control scheme and force the broke state to spend significant resources to carry out the rate regulation mandate", Junkas said.

"They know darn well where we are apart, what we need to do to cut, what we need to do to reform the system". They know darn well what needs to be done.

That's a rapid gloss on the fierce, unending war between the governor and Madigan-no angel he, but for progressives who otherwise disdain him, the only bulwark against the rapacious Rauner.

People from across the state including an unemployed disabled couple, a nurse, students and a WWII veteran, joined the Fair Economy Illinois coalition's March to Springfield to call for a budget that supports low-income families, students, the elderly and others who have borne the brunt of Illinois' historic two-year budget impasse.

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