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  • Cullerton, Radogno continue to work together for Senate compromise

    jjc cr CST 0117President Cullerton and Leader Radogno met with the Sun-Times Editorial Board Thursday afternoon to ask for the paper's support on the major legislation package in the works by bipartisan members of the Senate.

    The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Brown's column this morning describes the elements of the package designed to overcome the long-standing budget impasse, as well as characterizing the compromise efforts as refreshing.

    Read the full column here.

  • Senate advances budget package for action in new General Assembly (VIDEO)

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  • McGuire: Stable budget key for recovery services

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  • Murphy’s proposal to increase budget transparency signed into law

    Murphy082216SPRINGFIELD – Earlier this year, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) passed a measure through the Illinois Senate that will bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the state budgeting process. Her proposal, Senate Bill 2585, was signed into law by the governor today.

    It will require the governor’s budget office to annually produce a report containing a four-year budget forecast that also lays out detailed solutions to solve any predicted budgetary shortfalls. The report also must be posted online so it is available to the general public.

  • Work on Chicago Veterans Home to resume

    Work on Chicago Veterans Home to resumeSPRINGFIELD – A five-story, 200 bed veterans home on Chicago’s northwest side has stood vacant and half completed since June of last year. The home became a victim of the Illinois budget impasse. Thankfully, construction is set to resume thanks to Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago).

    “It’s outrageous that projects like the Chicago Veterans Home ever got caught in the line of fire with the budget impasse,” Mulroe said. “These men and women served their duty to this country, and we can’t get our act together enough to ensure that they have a dedicated facility at their disposal?”

    The project broke ground in September of 2014, with a price tag of $70 million, slated to be completed midway through this year. The US Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to reimburse the state for up to 65% of the cost to build the facility. However, when funding for the project was not approved, local residents and veterans began to fear the worst.

  • President Cullerton remarks on the budget

    Senate President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago) shares his thoughts on the passage of SB2047, a stopgap budget measure.


  • Senator Trotter on the stopgap budget

    Senator Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago) speaks to SB2047, a negotiated budget agreement that passed the Senate today.


  • Senator Sullivan on the stopgap budget

    Senator John Sullivan (D-Quincy) speaks to the negotiated stopgap budget.


  • Senator Steans on the stopgap budget

    Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) speaks to the negotiated stopgap budget.


  • Senator Lightford on the stopgap budget

    Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) speaks to the negotiated stopgap budget.


  • Voting yes for Illinois' future

    busesChildren who come to school with the least deserve our help the most.

    Senate President John Cullerton todaywill put up for a vote Senate Bill 2054, a preschool-through-high school (P-12) education funding bill. Under this legislation, school districts throughout the state with low-income students will gain state funding. Students in Chicago will gain, students in downstate communities that have lost their coal mines and factories will gain, and students in every one of the 15 school districts here in Senate District 43 will gain.

    Illinois, despite all the bad press, remains the fifth most-populous state with the fifth-largest economy of any state. It is morally right and economically necessary to use our resources to offer all Illinois school children a first-class education.

    P-12 funding is the keystone of efforts to pass a state budget to support human services, higher education, public safety and highway construction. Please urge Governor Rauner, the legislative leaders, and Senate and House members to support SB 2054.

  • 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.