We’re 100 days into the state’s fiscal year without a budget, and at this point there’s little hope one will be crafted within the next 100 days. To say Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats are at an impasse is an understatement. There’s been little if any movement on either side; University of Illinois Springfield political science professor Kent Redfield doesn’t see Democrats caving.
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“[Rauner’s] participation in budget talks require, essentially, eliminating collective bargaining for public employees – school teachers, firemen,” Redfield says. “The Democratic legislature is not going to do that.”
Redfield says the governor and lawmakers have at least been talking publicly about the budget recently, but only because of the glut of news stories about programs shutting down. 100 days into the fiscal year, he doesn’t see that as progress.