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The Majority Report 07/09/17 - Take the win, Governor


Take the win, Governor

Sen. President John J. CullertonTwo days after the Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the balanced budget that passed both Houses, Senate President John J. Cullerton delivered a speech at the City Club of Chicago, emphasizing the value of compromise and calling on Rauner to recognize the parts of the budget that were "wins" for himself and Republicans.

"This budget was shaped - and supported - by Republicans," Cullerton said. "It contains win after win for the Rauner administration if it would choose to recognize those wins."

Hours after the Senate President's speech, the Illinois House voted to override the governor's veto, delivering a budget to Illinois for the first time in two years.

Cullerton said Rauner could easily praise the $3 billion in spending cuts included in the budget, the largest cuts in recent history. Also included is pension reform that could save the state $1.5 billion, a key request of the governor's throughout budget negotiations.

Read the Senate President's full remarks here.

The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board recently echoed Cullerton's sentiment in an editorial titled "Gov. Rauner, show us you know how to win."

The editorial says that if Rauner fancies himself the "education governor," he will take the opportunity the fix the school funding system he calls broken and sign Senate Bill 1, a measure creating an evidence-based school funding formula.

"There is so much more to do. Passing a budget was nothing more than a long overdue first step," the Board writes. "And if the governor can see a win when it's staring him in the face, he'll sign Senate Bill 1."

Read the full Sun-Times editorial here.

Daily Herald Editorial Board supports budget
Senators react to budget vote


Hutchinson, Raoul talk budget on Chicago Tonight

Hutchinson, Raoul talk budget on Chicago TonightSenator Toi Hutchinson, an Olympia Fields Democrat, and Senator Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, appeared on Chicago Tonight on Thursday, July 6 to talk about the balanced budget they passed on July 4.

Hutchinson began by discussing the extreme backlash she has faced for sponsoring Senate Bill 9, the revenue portion of the balanced budget.

"It's been difficult," she said. "We're living in a political environment right now where people feel free to say things over social media that they would never say in person."

Hutchinson said she was "inundated" with hateful speech, not just for her vote, but because her name was attached to a tax increase for months.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't scary at times," she said.

Senator Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat whose district includes some of the wealthiest in Chicago and many lower-income citizens, said the budget is good for all his constituents.

"It was high time to bring stability that the business community was calling for, as well as to the low-income community, which was hit worst by this two-and-a-half-year period where we've operated without a budget," Raoul said.

Hutchinson also pushed back on the notion that there was no bipartisan cooperation on the budget, pointing out that it reduces the governor's spending by $3 billion and includes the pension reform he demanded.

View the full exchange here.


In case you missed it

Senator Scott Bennett, Champaign: ‘Evil exists in every community' (Champagin/Urbana News-Gazette)

Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Shorewood: Illinois Senate overrides tax-increase veto (The Herald-News)

Senator Melinda Bush, Grayslake: Suburban legislators respond to Senate income tax vote (Daily Herald)

Senator Cristina Castro, Elgin: Krishnamoorthi hears concerns of Hispanic community (Daily Herald)

Senator Bill Haine, Alton: Bill Haine statement on Illinois state budget negotiations (Belleville News-Democrat)

Senator Don Harmon, Oak Park: IL avoids credit downgrade after House passes spending and revenue plans (FOX Illinois)

Senator Linda Holmes, Aurora: Suburban legislators respond to Senate income tax vote (Daily Herald)

Senator Toi Hutchinson, Olympia Fields: The ‘fierce urgency of now' (Chicago Sun-Times)

Senator Dave Koehler, Peoria: Central Illinois politicians react to budget measures (Central Illinois Proud)

Senator Andy Manar, Bunker Hill: Local senators explain tax increase, budget votes (State Journal-Register)

Senator Laura Murphy, Des Plaines: Vetoed state budget, overridden by senators, awaits House vote (Journal Online)


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