The spring legislative session is scheduled to adjourn by midnight tonight, but it’s not looking like a grand bargain will be worked out by then. Governor Bruce Rauner has been calling for the compromise, which he says should include a balanced budget and his proposed reforms. Groups of legislators have been meeting to reach a deal but one isn’t likely before the deadline. Senate President John Cullerton says they will likely vote on the budget passed by the Illinois House last week.
As for approving a balanced budget and reforms, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says Democrats don’t seem prepared to do that.
As for that budget passed by the House and probably to be taken up today by the Senate……..Governor Bruce Rauner says it is 7 billion dollars out of balance and he has said he will veto the measure. And, barring some last minute developments, it means Illinois will go into a second year without a new spending plan.