Madigan writes own budget; Gov. Rauner says it won’t happen

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Illinois Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is proceeding with his own budget proposal in defiance of Gov. Bruce Rauner's wish for a compromise that includes pro-business, union-weakening reforms to settle a nearly yearlong stalemate.

Speaker Madigan is proposing $39 billion in spending, including a $500 million boost for Illinois schools.

Madigan says he told the Republican governor during a meeting Wednesday that "he's not being real persuasive" in negotiations that he's established with various groups of lawmakers. The groups are discussing possible changes to collective bargaining policies and how injured workers are compensated by employers.

Rauner says those changes are needed to improve Illinois' finances while the state faces a $5 billion deficit.

His office says Madigan’s plan is dead on arrival.

They say the plan is $7 billion out of balance and would hit the average Illinois family with a $1,000 tax hike.

Despite the Madigan proposal, behind the scenes bipartisan working groups are trying to strike a budget deal.

Today, House Speaker Madigan said he’s not convinced the two sides are moving closer.

Republicans say that’s not true.

Another issue for Gov. Rauner, the Madigan budget does not include any of the governor’s pro-business, union-weakening legislative agenda.

Gov. Rauner has said he will not sign off on a budget deal unless Democrats agree to his reforms.

And then there are problems for Chicago lawmakers.  The Madigan proposal does not overhaul the school funding formula. Democrats want to redistribute state funds to poorer school districts such as Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Public Schools desperately needs money from Springfield before it initiates drastic cuts. Tomorrow, CPS will travel to Springfield to rally.

Illinois has operated without a budget since July 1.


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