Illinois House Republican Leader Focused On Budget Vote

Comptroller Susana Mendoza adresses a protest crowd outside the Capitol in this April 2017 file

Comptroller Susana Mendoza adresses a protest crowd outside the Capitol in this April 2017 file

That's been the main holdup over two years of stalemate, as Democrats say Rauner has been holding the budget "hostage". In 2015, when the budget impasse began, lottery players sued over the same type of withholding and the state lost millions of dollars in lost sales until the legislature agreed to let the lottery make payouts.

IL still has a trek to get to a full-year budget and avoid being the first USA state to have its credit rating downgraded to junk.

Speaker Michael Madigan unveiled the Democratic plan on the seventh day of the special legislative session in Springfield, with the deadline to reach a deal just four days away. "It will be up to the Republican leaders to take those positions to the governor and persuade the governor to be reasonable", Madigan said.

CHICAGO Staring down the start of a new fiscal year, Illinois House Democrats offered a budget on Tuesday that would spend less than the Republican governor's plan, but kept their specific revenue-raising proposal under wraps.

Meanwhile, attorneys in a lawsuit over $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills say court-ordered talks to resolve the issue haven't made progress and they're asking a judge to order IL to start paying $1 billion a month as it heads into a third year without a budget. It would raise about $5 billion through an income tax increase and cut more than $3 billion in spending. It is the longest any state has gone without a budget since at least the Great Depression. Madigan revealed his own demands on Sunday, including a school funding revamp bill already passed both chambers.

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Lawmakers are scurrying because the new fiscal year begins Saturday.

It will be presented Tuesday in the Revenue and Finance Committee.

Rauner and Democrats have been unable to agree on a blueprint in part because Rauner has insisted on "structural" changes to limit workers' compensation costs and reduce state employee pension-program debt, freeze local property taxes, and consolidate or eliminate superfluous government bodies.

"The Iowa and IL departments of transportation, along with their design partners, have come up with a plan for a safe, modern and visually spectacular structure that will replace two aging bridges that date back 82 years", Gov. Reynolds said.

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