Deadline for budget action looms over Illinois Legislature

Posted June 01, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Protesters have completed a 200-mile Chicago-to-Springfield march in support of a state budg. Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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Rauner, a private equity investor, won his first public office in 2014 on an anti-tax, pro-business agenda of government fix, once even suggesting it might require a government shutdown, or "do-over". You need a permanent increase in the income tax in two years, and property tax relief? Predictably, revenues fell far short of spending and red ink piled up.

A majority of the state senate voted to override his veto in November, but a few weeks later, the general assembly narrowly voted to uphold Rauner's decision.

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Rauner has blamed Democrats for failing to address the pro-business, anti-union and anti-politician "structural changes" he seeks, such as cost-cutting restrictions on workers' compensation.

Rauner has demanded a permanent freeze. Instead, it limped along largely because of federal court orders requiring the spending of incoming tax revenues, and due to some periodic appropriations.

There is no doubt that the state's failure to pass a budget in the last two years have resulted in the residents facing a lot of trouble.

Additionally, the state now has $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations, annual payments of which could be cut if a deal isn't struck; a scenario that Moody's warned would be a negative credit event for bondholders.

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Last week, Senate President John Cullerton said Democrats had little choice but to approve their own spending plan after a compromise package with Republicans failed.

Republican state Rep. Keith Wheeler of Oswego said the plan will make IL more uncompetitive.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has insisted on a freeze on local property taxes for more than two years.

While keeping the zoning at a lower classification than Rauner wants might leave more room for developers to pay the city more money for extra square footage, it could suppress the price the state gets for the site, said Michael Hoffman, the governor's top aide in charge of state facilities.

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An education appropriations committee voted 13 to 7 Tuesday to advance Homewood Democratic Rep. William Davis' proposal to the floor for today's final scheduled day of the spring legislative session. House Democrats must still be briefed on those changes to gauge support.