GOP Stymies Senate ‘Grand Bargain’ Revival

(AP)- Republicans cut short an attempt by Illinois Senate Democrats to recharge the “grand bargain” budget compromise with time running out on the legislative session.

The grand bargain is a package of legislation Senate leaders designed last winter to break what has become a two-year logjam on an annual spending plan.

But sticking points continue to be GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands for restrictions on workers’ compensation payouts and a permanent property tax freeze for homeowners.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago tried to call workers’ comp and tax-freeze legislation Rauner won’t accept. Republican Leader Chrstine Radogno of Lemont declined to let her bills go up for a vote.

Cullerton says he can’t compromise on the bills further. Radogno says he has to and that the two sides are “very close.”

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