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Democrats Wait On Governor To Review Some Budget Bills


Illinois leaders aren't in agreement on a new state budget, even as the current one nears its July expiration date. Democrats passed their own version, but Governor Bruce Rauner can't act on most of it yet, even if he wants to.

Just a few of the budget bills Democrats passed have made it to Gov. Rauner's desk. He has the ability to sign them into law, reject them entirely, or cut down the levels of spending.

The rest are still on hold.

Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats did that for a reason.

"So he just wouldn't abruptly veto the whole thing, at first. We want to make sure that he's had a chance to look at it, and reflect on it."

It's not like the hold prevents the governor from deciding what he'll do when the measures arrive. They're public, they're online. Rauner's team has had weeks to review the proposed budget.

Still, Republicans like Rep. Eddie Sullivan, of Mundelein, say enough waiting.

"Send the governor your budget and let him act on it and see where we go from there, at least then we're moving forward."

Democrats say the governor will get the budget bills by the end of the month.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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