Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, D-Lemont, said Democratic leaders have broken off negotiations about a budget compromise, but rank-and-file lawmakers continue to work toward one.
“What I think is happening is that the rank-and-file Democrats are getting ahead of the entrenched leadership that they have, and the leaders want to pull that back,” Radogno said May 27.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said his budget is needed to prevent state services from being held hostage. But that budget would spend $7 billion more than the state expects to collect in revenue.
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Gov. Bruce Rauner made a brief statement in the Capitol May 27: “It’s essential we stop committing to spend money that we don’t have. It’s essential that we get reforms to grow our economy.”
General Assembly members from both sides of the aisle said working groups are gaining ground on a compromise, and they will continue to work through the weekend. Both the House and Senate have Saturday off and return Sunday. The end of session is Tuesday, May 31.