Lawmakers React to Being Called Back to Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Gov. Bruce Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield Thursday to work until a budget is passed.
The governor said there are tough, urgent choices to make and lawmakers must be present to make them.
Lawmakers will need to return to Springfield on June 21 at noon to continue working on the budget.
While statements from both sides today still include the finger-pointing mentality we've seen in the past, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree, a budget needs to get through.
"I think that's a good place for the House to begin next Wednesday and I think that's what would be the most productive use of time," Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said.
"Speaker Madigan had not scheduled the house for any dates,” Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield said. “We've got the deadline of the fiscal year starting July 1 and here we weren't even going to be in session, so I think the governor made the right call."
A watchdog policy analyst is hopeful this session will finally be the time lawmakers and the governor will reach an agreement.
"This state needs a budget and we saw legislators come together to get some wonderful pieces of legislation, and we're hopeful they can get the same thing done for a budget,” said Jose Sanchez, a policy analyst with watchdog group Better Government Association. “Make sure our universities are funded, our social services are funded."
According to Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, the special session will cost taxpayers $64,687 a day.
This is the first time Rauner has called a special session during his time in office.
Read more reaction to the session here.