Governor Pat Quinn has rolled out a series of proposals to save Illinois billions of dollars in future Medicaid and public employee pension costs, but lawmakers are nowhere near agreement on what parts of the plans might eventually make it into legislation.
The budget-making process is moving along in Springfield as lawmakers struggle with paying down billions of dollars in overdue bills while keeping state government afloat. Jak Tichenor talks with Illinois legislative leaders about the touch choices ahead during the countdown to adjournment on May 31st.
Governor Pat Quinn delivers his 2012 Budget Address before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Rich Miller from capitolfax.com provides a look ahead before the governor’s remarks. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky provides reaction to the governor’s address. Speaker of the House Rep. Michael Madigan (D) Chicago provides his reaction to the governor’s outline for the coming fiscal year, along with additional reaction from Rep. Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale, Asst. Senate Republican Leader Sen. Matt Murphy (R) Palatine, and Senate President John Cullerton (D) Chicago.
Illinois lawmakers are home for the holidays after approving tax breaks to keep Chicago’s financial exchanges and Sears in the state while providing tax relief for the working poor. There was also agreement to save nearly 2,000 jobs at seven state facilities around Illinois, but no movement on a massive gambling expansion plan for the state’s casino and horse racing industries. Both decisions were reached during the Illinois General Assembly’s Fall 2011 Veto Session.