The Illinois Senate overrode some of the governor's budget vetoes, and sent him a one-month spending plan he's promised to reject.
The temporary budget is $2.3 billion spending plan covering only certain services like police protection, along with the payroll for all state employees. Gov. Bruce Rauner has been opposed, arguing any one-month budget would be out of balance just like the Democrat-backed proposal for the full fiscal year.
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The Democratic majority also managed to override Rauner's vetoes on five appropriations bills, which include funding for agencies like the Illinois State Police and the Department of Children and Family Services.
All those votes came with only Democratic support. Republicans like State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) says it's not the right way to reach a compromise.
"Magicians are very good at misdirection. Look over here when what's really going on is over here," Oberweis said.
Oberweis and others feel Democrats should be negotiating with Rauner rather than taking these sorts of votes, but State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) sees a problem with that suggestion.
"That would be fine if there was actually a negotiating table to go back to," Steans said. "We've been hearing proposals made to the media. There's not been pulling together the leaders and having any conversations for weeks to my understanding."
The temporary budget heads to Rauner's desk. The overrides would have to pass the House to be enacted, and House Speaker Michael Madigan has said they don't the votes to override, he won't call the bills.