The Illinois Senate is still waiting to hear from the governor on how to salvage the current fiscal year. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says the Senate has a bill that takes money from special funds to pay for day-care for low-income workers, and to pay court reporters and prison guards. He says he doesn’t view that bill as the solution, just as an option.
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“We wanted to show that there is an option to fund the day care program and prison guards and the court reporters by sweeping funds, so we demonstrated that, we passed a bill out of committee. The governor has asked for a broader solution, so we’re open-minded to negotiate with him,” he said.
This represents $550 million of a $1.6 billion problem for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Cullerton says there have been meetings among staff, but he has yet to talk to the governor about possible solutions.