Republicans running for governor aren’t happy with the current governor’s request to delay the budget address. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) believes pushing the address to March 26, eight days after the Illinois primary, proves that the request is based on politics. “We’ve heard nothing from Gov. Quinn about how he’s going to live up to his promise to roll back the 67 percent temporary income tax (increase), as he promised it would be,” Dillard said.
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“I want to hear from Gov. Quinn now, and I just thought it was outrageous that he put off his budget message until after the primary.” State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is also against the move, arguing it won’t give lawmakers enough time to negotiate. In a statement, Bruce Rauner said the move is a sign of failed leadership. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is alone in not opposing the move, saying that if Quinn needs more time to put together a budget plan given the state’s “challenging” financial conditions, he’s “OK with that.”