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Cullerton: look forward to seeing GOP's mid-June budget plans

jjc 053117trustAfter today’s Republican press conference on their mid-June budget proposal, the following statement was released from John Patterson, spokesman for Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton:

“It’s going to require bipartisan compromise to get to a balanced budget signed into law and get Illinois out of this situation. That’s the reality now that the May 31 deadline passed. We hope this is a serious, real step toward that compromise by House and Senate Republicans. But a Republicans-only, mid-June news conference doesn’t exactly scream bipartisan compromise.

We will wait and watch for the actual legislation to be filed, review the details, see if their math checks out and then figure out how to proceed.

But the fact remains that the Illinois Senate already did the work and approved a balanced budget. And not just any budget, but the very budget Governor Rauner introduced. We held spending where he wanted, kept the tax rate that he asked for, cut $3 billion in spending and ultimately eliminated the nearly $5 billion deficit in his proposed budget.

If Republicans now think they can improve on their governor’s budget, we look forward to seeing their plans. We’re going to need their help to broaden support in order to get a  balanced budget approved in the House and win the governor’s signature.”

Sen. President Cullerton

6th District
President of the Senate

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.