In 2015, the words budget and progress do not often go together in Illinois government. State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) indicated that could be changing … a little.

“I am pleased to announce that the governor's office has responded,” Bradley said to open a House Revenue Committee hearing he chaired, “has answered the questions that have been asked of them, and did so in the time frame that was asked.”

Bradley says the information, too much of it for Bradley to even crack into yet, has to do with the state spending in the fiscal year that began July 1.

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“I'm an optimist by nature, and I like to cooperate when possible, and this is certainly a step in the right direction,” Bradley said after the hearing.

Bradley stresses the legislature is “not a party” to the spending under authority the governor and comptroller have secured in court. He calls the situation “a constitutional crisis” but is encouraged by the latest cooperation.

The state is on course to spend perhaps $38 billion and take in $32 billion.


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