Budget Deal Is Not Closer After Leaders’ Meeting With Rauner
It's the deadline day in Illinois. If a meeting yesterday between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders is any indication, they're most likely not going to make it.
It's been weeks since Rauner, a Republican, meet with all four of the legislative leaders. Since the last time it was believed they were all together, the governor began airing ads that attack Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The state also got a lot closer to a partial shutdown since then.
While the governor's office won't say what went on, Madigan's spokesman said "no harm was done." Otherwise, he said, the governor again repeated his five-point agenda.
Rauner says it'll grow the economy, and that its passage is contingent on his agreeing to new revenue that could prevent billions of dollars in cuts. Democrats maintain Rauner's platform will harm middle class families.
Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman says they left the meeting no closer to a resolution.
Legislators will be back in Springfield today to continue trying. The House is starting a two-day hearing on what a shutdown could look like.