No Senate Vote…Yet

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Work toward ending a state of Illinois budget impasse now into its third fiscal year will see no holiday.

The Senate adjourned Monday without taking action on tax hike and spending bill approved by the House Sunday.

Senators are scheduled to convene at 9:30 a.m. July 4.

Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has scheduled a meeting of the four legislative leaders around the same time. Republicans were no-shows at the one he had Monday afternoon with Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago.

Senate President John Cullerton said he’s gauging support.

“We have to talk to the caucas and see what they think,” Cullerton said. “We have some people who are not here. We have to check our attendance, that sort of thing.”

House members are scheduled to report at 4:30 p.m. July 4.

The House voted overwhelmingly Sunday night for a $36 billion spending plan fueled by a $5 billion increase in income taxes. The plans are not dissimilar from ones the Senate OK’d in May. The Senate needs to concur to House changes.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto the tax hike if lawmakers do not pass worker’s compensation reforms and provide property tax relief.

“Illinois families don’t deserve to have more of their hard earned money taken from them when the legislature has done little to restore confidence in government or grow our economy,” Rauner said.

Monday was the third day of the fiscal year. Illinois has been without a budget since 2015 because of disagreements with Rauner.



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