SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have made some progress in passing the state’s first budget in more than two years.
The Illinois Senate has overridden Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a spending plan and now it’s in the hands of the House.
“I am calling on all members of the General Assembly, do not override my veto. Do not vote to override my veto,” the governor said.
In Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood, Governor Rauner delivered that warning shortly after Speaker Madigan confirmed plans to hold an override vote on Thursday.
“This is not just a slap in the face to Illinois taxpayers. This is a two-by-four smacked across the foreheads of the people of Illinois,” the governor said.
The initial budget vote, held on Sunday, was a seismic turn of events. After standing in lockstep with Rauner for three years, 15 House Republicans broke ranks and joined with Democrats.
“I was elected as a state legislator to help preside over the destruction of this great state,” Rep. David Harris (R-Mount Prospect), said on Sunday.
Rauner, without getting specific, said he’s turned up the heat on Republican defectors.
“What we have is a continuing failure by elected officials in Springfield on both sides of the aisle that has been led by Speaker Madigan for 35 years,” Rauner said.
Republican sources in Springfield said they believed Democrats have enough bipartisan votes to override the governor. And a spokesman for Speaker Madigan suggested it’s time for Rauner to move on, saying in a statement:
“The compromise balanced budget has broad based bipartisan approach that ends the 2.5 year disaster the governor has inflicted on IL. He might want to turn his focus to Trump and DC to prevent IL from being ravaged by the GOP health care bill.”
But the governor keeps fighting. The politics of Wednesday’s stop were clear—Hegewish borders Indiana and Illinois residents and businesses are crossing the border because of their soaring property tax bill.
“We have families, working families who are struggling as homeowners here in Hegewisch and in Blue Island and in Alsip and in Maywood and in Rockford and all of the state of Illinois. People who are having to sell their homes because they can’t afford their property taxes,” Rauner said.
The governor said the budget is loaded with booby traps. Democrats have boxed in Rauner on school funding. The budget only funds an “evidenced based” formula for funding schools. The current formula is not evidenced based.
Bottom line, the governor must sign Democrat’s bill to changed school funding, providing more money for Chicago or nobody in the state will get school funding.
Illinois' budget crisis is the longest in the nation since at least the Great Depression.