Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Rauner meeting unsuccessful, Madigan moving forward with budget bill

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Bruce Rauner can't agree on anything, apparently.

Madigan said Wednesday he will move budget bills forward in the House even though an agreement was not reached concerning Rauner's turnaround agenda.

After a brief meeting with Rauner and other legislative leaders, Madigan said Rauner's representatives had not been "persuasive" in                                                       their arguments for adopting the turnaround agenda.

Madigan said he is preparing to move an appropriation bill that will deal with state spending for the fiscal year on July 1. Rauner's office said Madigan's budget plan is disproportionate and would be $7 billion off from a balanced budget. Republican leaders said they will not support Madigan's plan until matters such as workers compensation and pension reforms are addressed.

Information provided by the State Journal-Register.

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