The anticipated votes on the Senate’s budget and reform package were cancelled on Wednesday over concerns there wasn’t enough Republican support. Tough votes on issues like Worker’s Compensation Reform were expected on Wednesday. But, at the end of the day, Senate President John Cullerton announced the so-called “Grand Bargain” had been put on hold. Cullerton said Governor Bruce Rauner pulled GOP votes off the package and that the ball is now in his court.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno called the long negotiating process both rewarding and frustrating, and expressed optimism they could still pass the “Grand Bargain.”
A spokesperson for Governor Rauner says while some progress has been made, more work needs to be done to ensure a good deal for taxpayers.