Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

State Budget Passes House...Hurdles Remain

State Budget Passes House...Hurdles Remain

The state legislature, facing a massive budget crisis, was unable to reach a spending deal before the new fiscal year began on Saturday - marking the third year in a row that IL has started without a full budget.

Earlier Saturday, Madigan rankled Republicans when he announced that there would be no votes on a deal to end a two-year stalemate this weekend. "There's much work yet to be done", Madigan said. But for others, the impasse so far has barely been noticeable: Roughly 63,000 state workers are still getting paychecks, schools have remained open and some road construction projects have continued.

The next 24 hours will be crucial in sealing the state's fate.

The Democratic budget vote has been scheduled after a week's worth of negotiations on both spending and Gov. Bruce Rauner's political and economic agenda. House members approved the latest proposal in a preliminary vote Friday before adjourning.

"We had great momentum yesterday in this chamber", Mr. Durkin said on the House floor. "Tensions have been very high". "Saying that we're done today, come back me, it speaks for itself". Because I'm telling you: We are close.

"I am encouraged by the progress we continue to make with Leader Durkin and the other leaders", Madigan said in his statement". "But folks, bear with us".

House Speaker Michael Madigan said lawmakers would return to work Saturday. Without a deal this time, the United Way reports that 36 percent of all human services agencies in IL face closure by year's end, according to Rep. Greg Harris, the Chicago Democrat sponsoring the fiscal blueprint.

The plan won't get a final vote before the fiscal year starts Saturday. "When we're close to that and close to junk bond status, that's serious", said Phillips, whose district includes Eastern Illinois University. In one of the letters, sent to Standard and Poor's, Madigan asks them to "temporarily withhold judgement" to allow legislators to come up with a bipartisan, balanced budget.

Legislative leaders will meet again today, where tax increases could be discussed.

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The measure increased the monthly 911 telephone surcharge to $5 from $3.90 in Chicago and hiked the rate to $1.50 from 87 cents across the rest of the state. Still up for debate is whether it would take effect starting in July, or whether it would be retroactive to January.

In recent days, Madigan has added demands of his own.

The Chicago Democrat wants Rauner to sign an education funding overall, OK insurance-rate regulation in workers' compensation and more.

If a deal isn't wrapped up, consequences will be expensive and potentially catastrophic.

- State employee pensions would be fully funded.

The state transportation department has told contractors that without an appropriation, they will have to stop all roadwork. The Senate followed with a 43-1 override tally.

Bill Brady speaks to reporters.

"Not just to get passage, but to bring us past 71", he said. From there, it needs Illinois Senate approval.

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