Thursday, January 26, 2017 01:31 PM
Since the first of the year, Senate President John Cullerton and GOP Leader Christine Radogno have been working together to build a legislative package that would end the budget stalement and address a range of policy issues. They have traveled the state speaking to editorial boards of news outlets about the content of the bills, including procurement reform, local government consolidation, pension reform and a property tax freeze.
After efforts to complete negotiations and vote on some or all of the bills this week, the leaders agreed more progress was needed. Work will continue next week and Cullerton and Radogno expect the Senate will be prepared to cast votes.
"Just because we’re not taking a vote today absolutely does not mean that our efforts are becoming unraveled," Radogno said before the Senate adjourned today. "In fact, I think they're becoming more real because we realize the complexity of the situation."
Listen to Cullerton's remarks on the floor:
"I also have been encouraged by the progress that we've made," Cullerton agreed. "It's really progress that might have seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. So, if we need more time to pull us together I’m going to consider that encouraging. We have a bunch of questions that have been posed by our members in the caucus; we’re going to get those answered."
He concluded, "The problems we face are not going to disappear. In fact, they’re going to get more difficult every day. So when the Senate returns to session the week of February 7, everybody should be ready and prepared to vote."