The special session lasted about seven minutes; Republicans and Democrats then separately went behind closed doors to strategize.
Republicans also reiterated their requirement that passing the governor’s political and economic agenda is a prerequisite to passing a balanced budget. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin:
“It has to be a compromise," he said. "We’ve always said, for the last two years, ‘reforms before revenue.’”
But Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said the focus should be on Illinois' finances.