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Morrison looks to spur budget conversation, solutions with new proposal

morrison sb2190 presserSPRINGFIELD – At a time when the public increasingly wonders whether the governor and legislative leaders are meeting to try to resolve Illinois’ budget crisis, State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) held a press conference today to introduce a proposal she hopes will prod those leaders to the negotiating table.

The measure, Senate Bill 2190, would require the governor and the four legislative leaders to meet publicly at least once per week to negotiate on the budget whenever the state enters a new fiscal year without a spending plan in place.

“These are extraordinary circumstances, and we need extraordinary measures,” Morrison said. “At no time in the state’s history have we had such a protracted budget impasse. Our state is in desperate need of a budget agreement so that the many functions of Illinois government can be delivered to our residents.”

Senate Bill 2190 was introduced yesterday in the Illinois Senate and is currently in the Assignments Committee.

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