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Cullerton Calls Budget Special Session a 'Political Stunt'

Gov. Rauner called the special session to try to force a budget deal before July 1

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    Stalling Special Session Costs Tax Payers $40K Per Day

    House Speaker Mike Madigan won't meet with Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield Thursday, but there is the first sign of budget negotiations happening behind the scenes. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Thursday, June 22, 2017)

    Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. 

    Cullerton told reporters Friday that special sessions are a "political stunt" to offer the governor political cover. Cullerton says the budget the Democrat-controlled Senate approved draws on Rauner's ideas. 

    The Republican governor called session to try to force a deal before July 1, when Illinois could enter its third year without a budget. Rauner says he supports a proposed GOP budget. 

    House Speaker Michael Madigan has scheduled a Friday hearing on a property tax freeze Rauner wants but Democrats say could hurt schools and local governments. 

    Springfield Special Sessions Begins Amid Continued Tensions

    [CHI] Springfield Special Sessions Begins Amid Continued Tensions

    Lawmakers have returned to Springfield to try to hammer out a new budget deal, but the usual signs of progress in such situations aren't showing up this time around. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest on the continued tensions and stalemate in the state capital. 

    (Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017)

    Not passing a budget could trigger a downgrade of Illinois' credit rating to "junk" status, among other things.

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