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A look at the damage of Illinois' 3-year budget impasse

02 Juin 2017

The speaker of the Illinois House acknowledged Wednesday that lawmakers will miss a key midnight deadline for a deal to end the longest state budget drought in modern American history, triggering a rule requiring even more votes to approve one later.

However, late Wednesday evening, President John Cullerton too was blaming Governor Rauner and the Republicans.

And now - Illinois Senate Democrats say they can't trust Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to negotiate.

Democrats and Republicans lobbed blamed at each other for an impasse that gives IL the dubious distinction of being the only state to go almost two straight fiscal years without a complete budget. Wednesday marks the last day of the spring session and the new fiscal year begins July 1. "After reviewing the Senate's plan, it's become clear that this plan isn't the relief local families need, but would further add to their burden". They simply can not survive; a rash of new closings will likely occur; the state's social service infrastructure will continue to erode. "This budget impasse continues to cripple our state", Frerichs said.

Seeming to forget his own "totally not campaigning but actually just "listening" stops" across the state, Rauner blasted Madigan, asking legislators to not "go through a process to create phony headlines across the state".

The House approved all three bills under cover of an ongoing budget battle with the the governor. They say Rauner sent conflicting messages. "We have been here, in session, for 5 months and we still haven't voted on the budget yet".

The House is set to continue meeting through the month of June.

"We have so many people in our past who fought to make sure we live better than they did". He has also mooted a proposal to freeze property tax bills and this, he explains, will be done in exchange for authority to spend.

For the third year in a row, legislative Democrats have been unable to reach a deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. IL would be the ninth state to adopt automatic voter registration, and advocates estimate it could add over 1 million voters to the state's rolls.

Democrats in the lower chamber argue that the change puts IL in line with other states and jurisdictions that have eliminated the surgical requirement for amending one's birth certificate an other documents.

Democrats, who have large majorities in the Legislature, said Rauner's demands were an attack on the middle class and had nothing to do with the budget.

"This is what it's come to: while our government's failure has caused untold pain across the state of IL, the people who are trying to bring some sanity and make things right wind up getting arrested", Biss said in the post. He's overseen an additional 6 credit downgrades and an explosion of our backlog of bills from $4 billion to $14 billion. Rep. Jeanne Ives voiced the people's view, cautioning that IL residents were very much against huge tax increases, as expected.

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".

"I understand that that is happening outside of this building, but we have got to stay focused on the goal", said Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jiminez, R-Springfield.

A look at the damage of Illinois' 3-year budget impasse