Illinois Legislature to Miss Midnight Deadline to Pass Budget

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03 July, 2017

The state legislature, facing a massive budget crisis, was unable to reach a spending deal before the new fiscal year began on Saturday - marking the third year in a row that IL has started without a full budget.

Some homeless and domestic violence shelters have been forced to close or reduce services, and some medical offices are no longer seeing patients on state insurance unless they pay cash up front. Since the last state budget expired two years ago, IL has rung up a $6.2 billion annual deficit and a $14.7 billion stack of past-due bills.

In a statement, Madigan said he was "encouraged by the progress" in talks with Durkin and vowed to vote Sunday on a revenue package "modeled on the bill supported by the governor and House and Senate Republicans".

It won't be easy, lawmakers acknowledged, because serious decisions remain over the size of the budget, the size of a tax increase needed to fund the budget and non-budget issues, like workers' compensation changes, local property tax freezes and a rewrite of the state's school funding formula.

However, private meetings continue.

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Cardenas said the lack of a budget affects the state's roads and traffic lights, because there's no money to fix them.

All House Democrats and 23 Republicans voted for the measure.

The state legislature, facing a massive budget crisis, couldn't reach a spending deal on Friday.

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If a budget isn't passed by the end of the day, the state would enter its third straight fiscal year without a full-year budget in place.

After the vote was tallied, House Speaker Michael Madigan said IL won't meet the midnight deadline to pass a budget before the fiscal year ends.

What is a certainty is that this budget solution - whether we get one or not - will serve as the basis on which that campaign will be fought.

"I think what you saw was the result of intense negotiations that have been going on with rank-and-file (members)", Brady said.

But in the final analysis, after you cut through the baloney, nothing substantive happened except for another day coming off the calendar.

In a test vote of the House's resolve to reach a budget deal, the roll call was 90-25 on an amendment to a Senate spending bill.

Rauner has demanded cost-cutting changes to workers' compensation laws, which he says are needed to lure businesses to IL.

She said that would make "the unthinkable" — such as delaying pension payments or not paying state workers — very likely. Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn said that would mean the colleges wouldn't be able to offer federal loans and grants to students, causing more to choose colleges in other states.


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