The clock is ticking as the new fiscal year nears, but Governor Bruce Rauner says they are close to an agreement on a short term solution. Governor Rauner is calling for quick passage of a stopgap budget to get the state thru the end of the calendar year and money for the full school year. If that doesn’t happen soon, Rauner says there may be tough consequences.
The House and Senate are scheduled to be in session on Wednesday and the Governor says he’s asked to meet with legislative leaders to hopefully finalize a deal on the temporary plan. It is being reported that Illinois Senate Democrats are expected to introduce a proposed stopgap budget and education funding bill today and Senate President John Cullerton’s office says the school funding measure would include a 760 million dollar increase in state aid.