Budget meeting yields little results

After a highly anticipated meeting between the Governor and the four legislative leaders, no agreement was reached on budgetary matters. Illinois has been without a state budget since July 1.

Governor Rauner hosted the meeting at his Capitol office. The meeting opened with a live video stream of the four legislative leaders and the Governor offering their own views on the budget impasse. That was followed by a private meeting between participants.

Democrat leaders continue to embrace the status quo, saying the budget and new revenue need to be addressed before considering any reforms.

Republicans continued their call for the state to enact a balanced budget and pass critical reforms, which are needed to boost Illinois’ economy, create more jobs, and move Illinois forward, such as property tax relief, workers’ compensation reform, and redistricting reform.

Governor Rauner and the four legislative leaders are planning on meeting again next week.

Chapin Rose

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