Trust lacking in Illinois failure to OK budget by deadline

Democratic Illinois House leaders announced Wednesday they would not take a vote on the budget the Senate sent because they don't trust the Republican governor's actions. "If we can reach a fair, balanced budget, I will do everything I can to provide votes from my caucus ... one that's negotiated on both sides, not just negotiated between the Democrats in the Senate and Democrats in the House".

As a result of the stalemate, the state has $14.5 billion in unpaid bills.

Governor Rauner, however, is promising to strike down that plan.

At the end of the fiscal year, on June 30th, IL will have a deficit of a whopping $6 billion. Both offered two-year freezes on property-tax extensions for school districts and local governments outside Chicago. Madigan spoke about the House's decision on camera Wednesday, the first comment he has given on the budget in weeks.

Rauner is scheduled to have a press conference this evening.

The Senate has already passed its own 37.3 billion dollar budget plan that calls for numerous tax hikes, but House Democrats don't have the votes to pass it. Hoffman says they're looking to see if there are alternative revenues, but also additional cuts.

Two proposals are floating around the State House and Senate, one sponsored by the Republicans and one sponsored by the Democrats.

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".

In 2015, some nonprofits did not receive money from the state since months which led them to deplete their cash reserves and scale back services. But Rauner says neither goes far enough.

Dr. Alfred Klinger, another member of the inaugural group and a retired physician, celebrated his 91st birthday during the march. "We are going to have to look at making significant budget cuts", said Dr. Karen Sullivan, Indian Prairie School District 204. The Senate OK'd versions of each but they don't meet Rauner's expectations.

In a new wrinkle on his property-tax freeze pitch, Rauner said he believed residents should have the ability to force local governments through referenda to lower property taxes.

The bill requires the governor's office to include the demographic data on the number of LGBTQ people who apply for those boards or commissions and those who are appointed, and report those figures to the legislature. Republicans argued the bill would limit the state's ability to get the most profit over the sale. Rauner was asked how that differed from the planned Democrats' traveling he dismisses as a "sham". With additional revenue, the budget would increase spending on social services, higher education and environmental measures. These payments were ruled unconstitutional, which left the state of Pennsylvania searching for an extra $50,000 to make up for its budget deficit.

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