From what the Speaker of the Illinois House says, you would not assume Illinois is much closer to a settled, balanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 than it was last week or the week before. One topic Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) has been hearing about has been a series of television commercials for Gov. Bruce Rauner's “Turnaround Illinois” program, taking aim at the speaker. The commercials say majority Democrats are the problem at the Capitol and mentions their leader by name. “People that I rode with in an elevator,” Madigan said, citing an impromptu focus group, “said that they didn't quite understand why tee vee commercials were being run in the legislative session; several months after the last election and many, many months before the next election.”
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Madigan, who said he planned no such commercials of his own and who defended his organizations mailers against local Republican officeholders as “factual,” met with reporters toward the end of a now-weekly Tuesday legislative day. Does the governor really want a solution, or does he want chaos and upheaval in the state?
“I really don't know, and I don't plan to try to answer that question.” Since the last days of the scheduled session in May, Madigan has painted Rauner as some one who is extreme and insists upon bringing “non-budgetary” matters into the debate. Madigan says he, himself, is “moderate.”