Budget showdown looming between Illinois legislature, Gov. Rauner
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Saturday to finish their annual spring session as a summer showdown with GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner looms in the background.
The Democratic-led House and Senate on Friday finished passing pieces of a $36.3 billion budget proposal that Rauner and other Republicans have criticized as unbalanced.
House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are looking to Rauner to help them pass a tax increase to make up the more than $3 billion difference. But Rauner says he wants some of his pro-business legislative agenda approved first.
Rauner says he won’t call lawmakers back into session if there’s no agreement on a budget by Sunday.
He says if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats in the General Assembly he’ll ask that “good-faith” negotiations continue.