Madigan demands of Rauner signal doom for budget deal

Illinois Lawmakers Override Rauner Veto of 911 Fees

For starters, Comptroller Susana Mendoza has said she will be unable to cover the basic state services ordered paid by courts, and the Illinois State Department of Transportation has halted all of its road constriction projects.

They are leaving behind a state debt burden so high it already works out at $12,000 for every IL citizen.

While time is of the essence, the Illinois House has taken a critical step towards ending the budget stalemate.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, was surprised to hear the "revenue package" would be called.

Springfield, Ill (24/7 NewsSource) - Illinois lawmakers are taking the debate over a new state budget down to the final day.

We will be continuing our progress toward passing a balanced budget.

A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline - meaning IL will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.

Political dysfunction and brinkmanship in Springfield, principally between Republican Gov. Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature, and especially House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago, has seen no budget emerge.

"Obviously, things are heading in the wrong direction", McSweeney said.

"We will continue working to put a compromise on the governor's desk and end this impasse through the next week, and I ask you to allow these negotiations to move forward", Madigan wrote to all three ratings firms.

"We are close", Durkin said.

Friday's vote on a $36.5 billion budget amendment (about $3 billion less than the state's spending level last year) was the first, and perhaps the easiest, of all the votes that will be needed to formalize a budget and taxation deal. I still contend that these matters could be resolved very quickly.

Madigan said leaders meetings will continue throughout the weekend and noted that negotiations continue to reach a consensus on the revenue bill. "I want this done today". "It's my hope, and prayer, frankly, that we can get that done in the next few hours, to provide the relief and a plan that the people of IL need", Brady said, surrounded by Republican senators at the steps out a grand stair case in the capitol rotunda. Illinois, already the lowest-rated state, risked becoming the first USA state to have its credit downgraded to junk. The floor momentarily erupted like a playground, with one Democrat shouting down the Republican and the GOP floor leader, Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva, intervening, "Knock it off". "The overall image and viability of IL needs to improve". He said there's still discussions about property tax issues, workers' compensation and the spending plan. It also includes $2.4 billion in cuts. It would then go to the Illinois Senate.

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