Leaders in the Illinois Senate are pressuring members to vote this week on a massive compromise. It would include a state budget.
The package includes an income tax increase, borrowing for the state’s debt, more casinos, changes to workers compensation, and raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour. The proposal has some lawmakers worried about what such a compromise would mean for the future. Chicago Democrat Kwame Raoul says it might not be a good idea to let a governor hold up so much state spending in order to pass his agenda. “I think it’s a bad precedent to set," Raoul said. "To say, ‘Well I’m not going to proceed on a budget until you do my list of 10 things.' That’s dangerous." Senate leaders purposely left Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan out of negotiations. Those two have not fully weighed in on the proposal, which leaves its future in question.
- Tony Arnold and Sean Crawford contributed to this report.