Democratic leaders decline Rauner budget meeting

  • Democratic leaders decline Rauner budget meeting

Democratic leaders decline Rauner budget meeting

A week after their respective political operations wrapped up tens of millions of dollars in ads vilifying the other guy, Republican Gov. He said he's not sure how his income increased as he has his money in a blind trust. Not that numerous closed-door gatherings have produced much during the long budget impasse beyond a stopgap funding agreement that expires at year's end. "We will continue to work to schedule a meeting and look forward to getting an agenda for the meeting from the governor".

"If Madigan continues to dig in, Illinois Democrats face a critical choice: They can either let Madigan bury them, or they can prove their independence", Klitzing said.

Republicans are still the minority party in the Legislature, but with Tuesday's results - GOP gains made with Rauner's financial backing - Democrats don't have the numbers necessary to override him and pass a state budget without backing down. By afternoon, however, Madigan moved to correct the optics.

Illinois Democrats lost seats in both chambers of the General Assembly after the November 8 election, dropping four seats in the House and two seats in the Senate.

"Republicans cannot do this by themselves, nor can Democrats", Rauner wrote.

IL hasn't had a budget in more than 16 months, resulting in cuts to social service providers, some of whom have shut down altogether.

Chicagobusiness.com reports that IL is nearing $14 million in debts and is relying on stopgap measures to fund essential services because lawmakers have not approved a spending plan in two years.

The state hasn't had a complete budget since he took office in early 2015 and is now running on a stopgap spending plan that's set to expire after December 31. While Rauner's wish list has changed over time, the governor frequently has referenced limiting payouts for workers hurt on the job and curbing collective bargaining rights. IL residents already are overtaxed.

What's unclear is if Democrats are ready to join with the GOP to reach a compromise solution. They rejected the notion that Madigan may be less willing to cut a deal after he was the subject of repeated campaign attacks.