Illinois lawmakers are heading back to Springfield

Governor Bruce Rauner called for a special session to come to a budget agreement

ROCK ISLAND, illinois - With the pressure of entering yet another year without a budget, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner called state legislators back to the Capitol for a special session. 

He wants a budget agreement by the end of the month. 

"We have tough, urgent choices to make and the legislature must be present to make them. We have little time to change the direction of the state," says Governor Rauner.  

In a Facebook video, the governor blamed Democrats for ignoring his long-term requests in fixing the state's financial crisis 

A charge Democrats have denied, 

Representative Mike Halpin says his party has tried to work with the governor throughout the entire session 

"I and my colleagues, the House Democrats have been willing to compromise throughout this entire session and we've tried to pass bills that were things that the governor wanted or he said he wanted," says Halpin. "From my perspective, there's a trust issue, we get close to an agreement and then the governor backs away and says it doesn't go far enough and that has to come to an end." 

The governor says he supports a Republican budget that calls for term limits and a four-year property tax freeze. 

Republican Representative Tony McCombie agrees, saying it's a compromise. 

"His thought is if you're going to be increasing our taxes on our services which the middle-class use, then you're going to have to give them somewhere else so they can have some relief so they're not hit too hard," says McCombie. "I  think it's a respectful way to try to meet in the middle." 

With the required 70 votes to pass a new budget, McCombie says both parties will have to collaborate and work together. 

She says they don't have a choice, a budget must pass.  

"We can't continue to have an unfriendly business environment and unfriendly home environment," says McCombie. "Our small rural communities are dying and with us here in District 71, it's very easy to just cross the river and that's what we need to stop."

 


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