The state has been without a budget for nearly a year as Gov. Rauner continues to disagree with Democrats who control the Legislature. Lawmakers sent the governor a bill that would authorize $700 million for human service programs, however Rauner says that's only a short-term fix. Speaking at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago last Sunday, Rauner said there's still time to come to "a grand compromise" on a balanced budget before the Legislature adjourns May 31.
According to the Associated Press, he thinks Democrats are ready to accept economic reforms and that "all we can do is keep trying."