Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tensions rise higher as House Dems pass spending plan

As reported yesterday, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Bruce Rauner could not reach an agreement and Madigan vowed to move forward with a spending plan.

He didn't waste any time.

The Springfield Journal-Register reported that the House voted 63-53 to send the budget to the Democrat-controlled Senate. Rauner said he will veto it if it gets to his desk.

The vote comes just one day after Madigan said Rauner's camp had not be "persuasive" and neither side could make a compromise over Rauner's "turnaround agenda."

"This is a very sad and dark day in Illinois democracy," Republican House leader Jim Durkin, said.

Republicans have also argued that the plan passed is a whopping $7 billion off from being able to balance the budget. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont said Madigan's comments Wednesday confirmed her suspicion that he wasn't interested in compromise.

"What we heard was a vigorous defense of the status quo," Radogno said. "Madigan is reporting no progress in the working groups despite the fact that many rank-and-file Democrats say they want progress and have seen progress."

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