Illinois Senate Delays Votes On Sticky 'Grand Bargain' Bills

May 18, 2017

The Illinois Senate has adjourned for the day without taking action on remaining items from the "grand bargain" budget compromise.

Credit Brian Mackey

Democrats who run the chamber had said they might push forward Thursday with remaining items after approving several parts of the compromise on Wednesday.

But what remains are some of the tougher measures. One would increase the personal income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent and the corporate rate from 5.25 percent to 7 percent.

Republicans have agreed to those numbers, but only in exchange for their preferred issues -- including a property-tax freeze for homeowners and cost-saving changes to the workers' compensation program.

Democrats have offered a two-year property tax freeze, but that failed Wednesday. Talks continue on workers' compensation.

Both the House and Senate are in session Friday.