ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Things are picking up in the Capitol as lawmakers start to vote on reforms.
Governor Bruce Rauner has insisted on changes to workers’ comp, freezing property taxes and pensions. Only two passed; workers’ comp and pension reform, but there’s a catch.
Neither needed 71 votes, which is Republican support because of a minor change in the bill about when it would go into effect. Since both bills are not effective immediately, each only needed 60 votes in stead of 71.
One bill which needed Republican support was the property tax freeze bill. It failed with only Democratic support.
Republicans say Democrats are rushing and calling the reforms too quickly. A leaders’ meeting was held and it seemed like reforms would be the main topic.
However, while leaders were meeting, the bills were called for votes.
Governor Rauner also put out a message to the General Assembly that if it doesn’t put a balanced budget on his desk by Friday, lawmakers will once again be here over the weekend and in this building until a deal is reached.
The comptroller’s office says the oldest unpaid bill dates back to July 1, 2015. Bills are still being paid, but there are more than 180,000 requests from state agencies waiting for their money.