Video: Illinois ends spring legislative session without budget deal

May 31, 2017

On the last day of the spring legislative session, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said his chamber needs more time to prepare a budget that the state hasn’t had in more than 700 days.

Madigan said the House would be in “continuous session” through June, with Democrats planning to hold public hearings on the budget next week in Chicago.

But now that lawmakers have to forge an agreement after the May 31 deadline, the passage of any legislation will require a three-fifths supermajority vote in both chambers — 71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate — rather than a simple majority.

That means despite Democratic control over the Legislature, GOP support will be needed to approve the budget bills.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner called the blown deadline “a complete dereliction of duty” by the Democratic majority of the General Assembly and a “tragic failure to serve the people of Illinois.”

But Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, pinned the impasse on “the governor’s reckless strategy of holding the budget hostage to create leverage for his corporate agenda.”

During a press conference late Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner, along with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, blasted Democrats for failing to compromise on certain reforms desired by the GOP, such as a four-year property tax freeze, term limits and workers’ compensation . Rauner also called Democrats’ public hearings scheduled for June 8 “sham hearings.”

Prior to Rauner’s press conference, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said his colleagues have “produced a result that we are quite proud of as a caucus and we believe this is the best way to move forward as a state.”

State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said the budget package they passed reflects Republicans priorities and are within Rauner’s proposed revenue and spending limits.

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