Leaders Meet In Chicago, Still Disagree Over Path Forward

Governor Rauner with the Republican leaders and Democratic leaders have been engaging in budget negotiations for weeks. (WRSP)

Governor Rauner with the Republican leaders and Democratic leaders have been engaging in budget negotiations for weeks.

But how those negotiations proceed is still up for debate with House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) suggesting more working groups.

"We've already done our working groups. We are not interested in reconstituting anymore groups. I look at that, I received a letter today, as a stalling tactic which we've seen a lot over the past few weeks," said Rep. Jim Durkin, minority leader (R-Western Springs).

Republicans say they aren't seeing the urgency from Democrats needed to get a deal in place before the end of the year.

"The problem is people can continue to incur costs but at some point we can't pay them, there's just no money unless we have a balanced budget. That may or may not include revenue depending on what the four of us decide. I don't think doing nothing is a viable option," said Sen. Christine Radogno, minority leader (R-Lemont).

Democrats say they know the budget impasse hasn't been easy, but they shifted the blame.

"There's been hardship for the people of Illinois who are dependent on state funding for autism services, breast cancer screenings, child abuse services, sexual assault services. That's where there's been hardship and that was brought on because the Governor held hostage the budget making process in order to help his wealthy friends and large corporations," said Speaker Madigan.

The political games continue as the state GOP launches a campaign against Madigan, but he says that's not impacting negotiations.

"I'm Speaker of the House. I'm a candidate for reelection. It is unusual that one party would come across and get themselves involved in a leadership election. That's very unusual," said Speaker Madigan.


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