A Republican political committee has released a stream of online attack ads focused on Illinois House Democrats running for re-election who voted in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s recent budget proposal.
“Over the past two days, House Democrats have decided to put their allegiance to Mike Madigan over the financial health of Illinois, voting twice for a disastrous budget that would create a $7 billion deficit and necessitate a $1,000 tax hike on Illinois families,” an Illinois Republican Party press release reads. “This is a clear signal that they would rather jump off the fiscal cliff than stand up to Mike Madigan.”
The campaign, launched by the House Republican Organization, consists of robocalls in seven districts and digital ads specifically targeting candidates seeking reelection in November.
The ads target a group of Illinois House Democrats, including Rep. Andy Skoog, Rep. Brandon Phelps, Rep. Dan Beiser, Rep. John Bradley, Rep. Kate Cloonen, Rep. Michelle Mossman, Rep. Sam Yingling.
House Democrats, led by Speaker Mike Madigan, pushed through an out-of-balance budget proposal Wednesday that would give extra aid to beleaguered school districts, like Chicago Public Schools.
The bill will now be sent to the Illinois Senate. Republicans claim the budget plan, which excludes any element of Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, is out of balance by about $7 billion. The governor’s office has said Rauner plans to veto the measure.