Illinois budget

It’s all up to the Illinois House of Representatives.

Speaker Michael Madigan announced Wednesday that he will call a vote on whether to override the veto of the spending plan and supporting tax increase that both chambers approved over the weekend.

After Gov. Bruce Rauner’s swift rejection on Sunday, the state Senate came back and rejected the veto later that day. The House has not taken up the matter yet, due in part to member absences. But more on that later.

State of Illinois

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Democrats are finalizing a proposed state budget plan and could present it to minority Republicans as soon as Tuesday.

Madigan and fellow Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris would not discuss details but said they're devising a spending plan and revenue to pay for it. It might be ready for discussion at Tuesday's meeting of the four legislative leaders. 

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Thursday was the second of ten scheduled special sessions for the Illinois Legislature called by the governor to address the lack of a budget.

At least one northern Illinois lawmaker believes that the ball is not in his court, for the moment. State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, says that -- as far as he and his colleagues are concerned -- they’ve done their job, and people wanting action on the budget should look to the House and the governor.

Brian Mackey

One day after Illinois House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise plan to end the budget impasse, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued proclamations Thursday calling lawmakers back to Springfield for 10 days of special sessions starting Wednesday, June 21, to beat the June 30 fiscal-year deadline.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The partisan divide in Springfield seems wider than ever as Illinoisans brace for the start of another fiscal year without a budget. Lawmakers adjourned Wednesday without a spending plan. In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens asked Rockford University Economics and Political Science Professor Bob Evans how we ended up here again.