Illinois budget

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.

State of Illinois

Today was the last day of the annual legislative session in the state capitol. It also happens to be the 700th day since Illinois last had a real budget.
Democrats – who hold a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly -- still aren’t saying whether they plan to do anything about that.
This is third year in which House Democrats have put themselves in this same position: going up to the end of session without a clear path on the budget.

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