Over intense objections from Republicans, Democrats in the Illinois House approved a nearly 40 billion dollar state budget on Wednesday. The appropriations plan came from House Speaker Michael Madigan, with House Democrats saying something must be done since it doesn’t look like a compromise with the Governor will come anytime soon. But, critics like House Minority Leader Jim Durkin say the budget bill spends about 7 billion dollars more than the state is expected to take in, and ignore progress made by working groups.
But, State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie says they can’t afford not to take action.
The bill now moves to the Senate. Governor Bruce Rauner has already said he will veto the measure if it makes it to his desk.