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The House approved all three bills under cover of an ongoing budget battle with the the governor. House Speaker Michael Madigan has called for special hearings this month. We don't have a budget. Why didn't we debate and vote on this in February? We could have and should have done this two years ago.

Fewer than 30 hours before their constitutional deadline, both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have adjourned for the night without a budget deal.

State government did not shut down. Klinger and his fellow marchers say their budget plan would offer young people opportunity and give the elderly a sense of security. So the legislature's last gasp is another month of transactional politics. Only after they had determined that number was there even a passing glance at the idea of restraining our out-of-control spending.

Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) also voiced major concerns over majority party's disregard for the state's fiscal health.

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.

"Since we sent our letter, the governor has yet to take us up on our offer and has continued to refuse to meet with House negotiators". We don't have a budget.

State Senator Dave Koelher believes the state of IL is being destroyed by Governor Rauner.

"Illinois businesses are really sick and exhausted of what they're seeing going on", said Greg Baise, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. But Illinois debt ratings are down - again.

If the bill passes in both chambers of the General Assembly, it will be referred to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto. Moreover, the suffering caused by agencies forced to slash their own budgets and cut programs will more than likely reach Dickensian levels sooner rather than later. A bill to elect 14 board members plus a board president passed the Senate but still needs House approval. But the clock ran out before a final vote was taken. Legislative Republicans have insisted a 32 percent increase in the personal income tax rate, from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, be a part of taxpayer parity with the adoption of a local property tax freeze. The Senate plan makes the tax increase retroactive to January 1, which would have made individual tax rates 5.81 percent for the rest of the year.

Everything about this might sound familiar, but there is at least one difference this year: Rank-and-file legislators are increasingly frustrated with the constant political attacks by the leaders, parties, and outside groups. The governor, however, vowed to sign those measures.

Attempted votes, false starts and finger-pointing ate up much of the spring. Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt says no arrests were made.


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