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Budget-Funding 'Head Count' Scheduled Today In Illinois House

03 July 2017, 01:32 | Violet Powell

The Illinois House is in session continuing budget negotiations.

House Speaker Michael Madigan D-Chicago enters the blue room Tuesday in the basement of the Capitol in Springfield to answer questions after a meeting with the four legislative leaders. Madigan said

Lawmakers have blown through two deadlines to pass a balanced budget, and IL is in Day Two of its third consecutive fiscal year without one.

During its record-breaking fiscal impasse, the state has racked up $14.6 billion in unpaid bills, and bond houses are warning the state's credit rating could be downgraded to junk status.

The House voted 90-25 late Friday morning on a version of a yearlong spending plan.

The measure increased the monthly 911 telephone surcharge to $5 from $3.90 in Chicago and hiked the rate to $1.50 from 87 cents across the rest of the state. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner had already threatened to keep lawmakers working if they couldn't reach a deal.

Negotiations are continuing, but the House adjourned for the day.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he will let a bill repealing a St. Louis minimum wage.

Mr. Madigan said Saturday on the House floor that members will convene again Sunday, but no budget bills will be called before Monday.

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That makes it unclear whether anyone injured by inflators in the future would have any legal recourse against either company. Of that amount, $850 million goes to automakers to cover their costs of the recalls. "One gentleman cannot smile anymore".

Action on a revenue plan to end Illinois' two-year budget stalemate has been delayed.

On Friday, Illinois House speaker, Democrat Michael Madigan, said lawmakers were making progress on a budget deal and asked S&P to wait while lawmakers are talking. "Luckily, we've been able to maintain programming at a level for students to not feel anything yet but if this continues, we'll have to make decision with how we plan our budgets in the future". Their rates would increase from about $2,250 annually to about $2,970, depending on how many exemptions they claim.

Republicans said that was code for allowing lawmakers to go home for the weekend, which it was, and complained Democrats were ducking their responsibility, which was nonsense.

The plan won't get a final vote before the fiscal year starts Saturday, however. "Saying that we're done today, come back tomorrow.to me, it speaks for itself". "It's my hope, and prayer, frankly, that we can get that done in the next few hours, to provide the relief and a plan that the people of IL need", Brady said, surrounded by Republican senators at the steps out a grand stair case in the capitol rotunda.

In addition to the budget, the meetings focused on issues demanded by Rauner. They include cost-cutting changes to workers' compensation, government consolidation and a property tax freeze.

- State employee pensions would be fully funded.



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