Even when calling for compromise in the state budget battle, legislative leaders sound as entrenched as ever. Speaking at the Thompson Center in Chicago Wednesday, Senate President John Cullerton said it's time to "hit the reset button" on the budget talks, and asked Gov. Bruce Rauner make a new proposal, without the items like pension reform which made it unbalanced by billions of dollars.
But Cullerton doesn't sound any more willing to consider several of Rauner's so-called "turnaround agenda" items, outside of worker's compensation and a property tax freeze.
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"You can't hold the state budget hostage for those items," Cullerton said.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont)'s response hours later also included an appeal for compromise, but she feels Rauner and Republicans have already given up enough.
"Nobody has given more in terms of compromise than the governor, but at some point, we need engagement from the other side," Radogno said.
Radogno says while there has been movement on workers' compensation and property taxes, she feels Democrats are leaving her caucus out of the process of crafting those bills.
The Senate isn't due to return to Springfield until August 4. The House is scheduled to be in session Tuesday.