A look at Illinois' budget mess as lawmakers head to Capitol

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 21, 2017

He called for lawmakers to set aside partisan differences, asking the Democrat-controlled Legislature to back a plan introduced by Republicans last week. The spending plan passed by Senate Democrats after bipartisan grand bargain negotiations broke down last month looked to spend $37.3 billion in fiscal year 2018.

Rauner has been deadlocked with legislative Democrats since taking office in 2015.

"Right now, our state is in real crisis - and the actions we take in the days ahead will determine how history remembers us. Seriously! So he can say that we failed to pass him a budget". It was part of the Senate's plan, now the governor and the sponsors have that included as well. "I want a budget too".

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If lawmakers don't reach agreement by July 1, IL will enter a third year without a budget. Despite that, the state has been spending money at record deficit levels because of court orders and consent decrees.

IL owes Medicaid providers $2 billion for care provided to more than 3 million people - a small sum compared to the state's total unpaid bill of $15 billion, or 40 percent of Illinois' operating budget.

"We have stated unequivocally that a resolution to the governor's budget crisis-which has resulted in eight credit downgrades and tripled the state's debt-must be our top priority".

The 10-day special session begins Wednesday at noon.

"This could all blow up, but you've got enough change in the dynamic that, at a minimum, the House Democrats are going to have to respond to what the governor has proposed", Redfield said.

"Governor Rauner has made it clear that he has no interest in unifying legislators and passing a balanced budget", Bush said. "They may run something that is not acceptable to the governor, but we're more into the dynamic that gets us to the end game". "If he did, he would be talking to leaders and legislators from both parties instead of giving phony speeches and spending millions of dollars on political ads attacking the very people he claims to want to unify".

"Illinois deserves real change, and the time to act has never been more urgent", Rauner said in a Facebook post.

The fiscal year ends June 30.

"Failure to act is not an option", he said.

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