The Illinois Senate Passed a Budget. Will the House Follow Suit?

For the second year in a row, the Illinois General Assembly has blown a May 31 spring session deadline and gone into summer overtime without putting a budget on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.

So what now?

The House will reconvene this month in the hopes of passing either a permanent or stopgap budget before the fiscal year begins on July 1.

Before the spring session ended, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that contains more than $5 billion in revenue from higher income taxes and an appropriations bill that lays out more than $37 billion in state spending.

Unlike the simple majority required to pass a bill during a regular session, the House will need a three-fifths majority to do that.

That means at least some of the House’s 51 Republicans will have to vote alongside the 67 Democrats in the chamber.

Will the infamy of a nearly two-year budget impasse pressure politicians to play nice or will the transactional political battle between Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan drive Illinois further into fiscal ruin?

Joining us from both sides of the aisle to discuss the budget battle in Springfield are state Sen. Heather Steans, who represents the 7th District, and state Sen. Chris Nybo, who represents the 24th District.


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