Little time left for lawmakers

Illinois Capitol News

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — There’s only a day-and-a-half left to pass a budget. Lawmakers are spending several hours in chambers voting on bills, but as for a spending plan to solve the budget crisis? Those ideas are coming up short.

Some House lawmakers say we might see another stopgap measure instead of a full budget. So far, the House has not called any of the Senate’s budget proposals.

It could change by Tuesday night, but Representative Jay Hoffman (D), a top negotiator, says they still have some concerns about the Senate’s spending plan. Hoffman says they’re looking to see if there are alternative revenues, but also additional cuts.

House Democrats would still like to hear from Governor Bruce Rauner and sit down with him to negotiate more ideas, but with that unlikely to happen, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) may take matters into his own hands and present a new budget Wednesday.

It wouldn’t be the first time for something like this, nor the first time new ideas are brought up at the last minute. As for the Senate, it’s pushing more of Governor Rauner’s reforms to get him on board.

It just passed two property tax bills; both freezing property taxes for two years. One freezes taxes for school districts, the other is for local governments.

Governor Rauner posted during a Facebook live event he hopes and believes a budget deal with property tax freezes is close, and he’s staying positive despite not having a clear path forward.

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