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  • President Cullerton - Chicago press conference

    Senate President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago) holds a press conference in Chicago to discuss the progress of a negotiated budget.


  • Stadelman prioritizes local schools in budget talks

    stadelman 060216SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is continuing to advocate for Rockford schools as the governor appears to now be on board a bipartisan budget. The senator released the statement below:

    “Despite his initial opposition to the idea, I am relieved that Gov. Rauner has changed his mind and now supports the stop-gap budget proposed by Illinois Senate Democrats last week. I look forward to working with the governor in a bipartisan manner that keeps state government operating and allows schools to open in August until a permanent resolution is found.

    “I’m continuing to work toward an equitable education funding plan that will bring an additional $7 million to $10 million to our schools in Rockford. Failing to change the education funding formula will result in our school districts being forced to slash programs while drastically raising property taxes, a solution Rockford taxpayers cannot afford.

    “There is much work to be done. I look forward to continuing to work together to reach a bipartisan solution that protects middle-class families.”

  • June 1 budget update

    McGuire2014squareThe regular spring session of the General Assembly ended late last night without adoption of a budget. The final words on the Senate floor were those of Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno. Both leaders pledged to continue working toward first a six-month stopgap budget and then a full budget.

    The stopgap budget idea, as I mentioned in my last e-newsletter, originated last week with Senate President Cullerton. Yesterday morning, on the final day of regular session, Governor Bruce Rauner took up the idea of a six-month stopgap budget. The governor’s proposed stopgap budget is without Turnaround Agenda demands.

    However, both the Illinois Constitution and logistics make it impossible to draft, introduce, debate and adopt a budget in one day.

    I take hope from the fact that the bipartisan, bicameral working groups which have been striving to craft a budget are continuing to meet. The goal of the working groups is to reach agreement on a stopgap budget before June 30, the final day of the current fiscal year. We legislators have been told to be ready to return to Springfield whenever a stopgap budget is ready to be voted upon.

    The toll the lack of a state budget is taking on individuals, families, organizations and institutions is horrible. Please encourage the four legislative leaders and the governor to do their absolute level best to present a fair, balanced budget as soon as possible.

  • Cullerton expects temporary budget agreement (VIDEO)

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  • President Cullerton holds a media availability

    Senate President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago) holds a media availability late in the evening on May 31, 2016.


  • Budget update for May 27

    McGuire2014squareThe governor and the General Assembly have about 100 hours left to agree on a state budget before the May 31 deadline.

    A bipartisan, bicameral working group of legislators and the governor’s budget director last week forwarded to the governor and four legislative leaders a budget plan for FY 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) and FY 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

    A similar bipartisan, bicameral working group last week began seeking agreement on items on the governor’s Turnaround Agenda, such as collective bargaining, local government consolidation and worker’s compensation. That group continues to meet.

    Agreement on both a two-year budget plan of cuts and revenue and reforms on Turnaround Agenda items would constitute a “grand bargain.”

    In the event a grand bargain cannot be reached by Tuesday, Senate President John Cullerton has suggested a short-term compromise to, as he says, “keep the schools open, our universities open and our human service providers open while we continue to negotiate a broader, balanced budget solution.”

    I encourage you to let the governor and the four legislative leaders know you favor a grand bargain and, if that is out of reach by Tuesday, a short-term compromise budget:

    • Governor Bruce Rauner, (217) 782-0244 or on the Web
    • Senate President John Cullerton, (217) 782-2728 or on the Web
    • Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, (217) 782-9407 or on the Web
    • House Speaker Michael Madigan, (217) 782-5350
    • House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, (217) 782-0494 or on the Web
  • McGuire supports override of governor’s fair contract veto

    McGuire2014squareSPRINGFIELD — The governor’s veto late Monday of House Bill 580, which would provide interest arbitration for public employees who have been working without a contract for nearly a year, sets up an override battle in the Illinois House later this month. State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) issued the following statement:

    “Interest arbitration is established as a fair way to settle contract disputes between Illinois units of government and their employees. State workers who toil in our prisons, aid our most vulnerable residents and perform other work many of us don’t have the heart or stomach for deserve interest arbitration. Please contact your state representative and urge him or her to support the override of HB 580.”

  • President Cullerton on the Leaders' Meeting

    Senate President John J. Cullerton takes questions from reporters following the Leaders' Meeting on May 17, 2016.


  • McGuire helps pass bipartisan emergency human services funding

    042116CM1186SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed legislation today to help shore up Illinois’ desperate human services systems.

    State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) voted to release more than $700 million to local government and non-profit agencies that provide services such as mental health care, drug addiction treatment and home-delivered meals for seniors. McGuire is a co-sponsor of the measure, SB 2038, which passed the Senate on a 55-0 vote.

    “Tens of thousands of Will County residents who faced the loss of essential services will benefit from today’s action,” McGuire said. “Just as with recent funding for higher education, Democrats and Republicans came together. But just as with the higher education measure, this human services measure provides less than half of what the General Assembly one year ago authorized the governor to devote to helping people. We must keep working.”

    Having passed both the House and Senate, SB 2038 awaits the governor’s signature.

  • Senator Steans calls for human services funding

    Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) defends funding human service agencies for the FY2016 budget on a concurrence vote.


  • Senator Hutchinson speaks at a press conference

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) speaks about two budget measures that passed the Senate today at a Legislative Black Caucus press conference.


  • Senator Jones speaks at a press conference

    Senator Emil Jones (D-Chicago) speaks about two budget measures that passed the Senate today at a Legislative Black Caucus press conference.


  • Senator Trotter speaks at a press conference

    Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) speaks about two budget measures that passed the Senate today at a Legislative Black Caucus press conference.


  • Senator Lightford speaks at a press conference

    Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) speaks about two budget measures that passed the Senate today at a Legislative Black Caucus press conference.


  • Senator Steans argues for human services funding

    Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) argues in favor of funding human services on the Senate floor.


  • Senator Biss argues in favor of higher ed funding

    Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) argues in favor of a higher education funding plan on the Senate Floor.


  • Senator Trotter argues for higher ed funding

    Senator Donne Trotter(D-Chicago) argues in favor of a higher education funding plan on the Senate Floor.


  • Senator Harris defends 1st Amendment rights

    Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) argues in favor of his proposal to protect the first amendment rights of student athletes.


  • McGuire votes for bill to potentially end budget battle

    040716CM0732CLSPRINGFIELD — Today, the Illinois Senate passed legislation that closes an open wound in the 2016 budget.

    Some 90 percent of the state budget is being spent because of various court orders and decrees. However, the 10 percent of the budget for higher education and many human services remains unfunded. State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) joined his colleagues voting to fund the missing 10 percent.

    “Our higher education and human service organizations are on the brink of collapse,” said McGuire, chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee. “We have given the governor yet another opportunity to stand with Illinois’ neediest college students and most vulnerable residents.

    “I hope that he makes the right choice this time.”

    In addition to funding MAP grants and operations for the state’s post-secondary schools, Senate Bill 2046 authorizes the governor to release over $470 million for the Department of Human Services to fund addiction treatment, mental health services and other necessary programs.

    SB 2046, having passed the Illinois House on Tuesday, now goes to the governor’s desk.

  • Senator Trotter argues the value of a budget

    Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) argues the opposition on the floor, imploring them to vote for a higher education budget measure.