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Local government, transportation officials stress importance of stop-gap budget

More than 40 mayors and village presidents from throughout Illinois signed a letter submitted to publications across the state urging passage of Republican lawmakers’ short-term budget bills to ensure schools can open this fall and government operations can continue

Stop-gap budget most responsible course of action

Republican lawmakers have been working for more than a year in bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to pass a balanced budget and meaningful economic reforms to expand job opportunities, fix a corrupt

Short-term budget needed to avoid capital construction delays

Without spending authority on July 1, more than 800 active road projects worth about $2 billion and employing about 25,000 workers are at risk, and vital capital improvement projects affecting correctional

Short-term budget deal status

When it became clear the spring legislative session would conclude without a balanced budget deal for the next fiscal year, Senate and House Republican Leaders joined the Governor in urging

School funding: the driving force behind the stopgap plan

With no state budget in place, public schools won’t receive any state funding unless lawmakers work out a deal. Republican lawmakers and the Governor have stressed that ensuring schools can

Moody’s Investors Service, S & P lower Illinois’ credit rating

As if more reasons are needed to end the budget impasse, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s on June 9 further downgraded Illinois’ credit bond rating, Fitch Ratings placed

Righter on lack of state budget sent to Governor

“Democrats allowing the spring legislative session to end without a balanced state budget is beyond irresponsible. They appear completely content with taking our state into a financial black hole.

Undeterred and Hopeful

It was unfortunate that the Republican initiatives were not considered in the last days of the scheduled session. While it’s disappointing the General Assembly failed for the second year in a row to approve a state budget by May 31, there are hopeful signs of an eventual resolution to Illinois’ budget crisis.

Republican Leadership - Education Funding

To ensure schools can open in the fall, Senate Republicans introduced Senate Bill 3434, which would provide a full-year funding for elementary and secondary schools, increasing state funding for education by $226 million.

Realistic State Budget

Despite tentative optimism heading into the weekend before the scheduled May 31 legislative adjournment that a compromise could be reached on a balanced state budget and economy-boosting, job-creating structural reforms, Democrat leaders continued to slow-walk the process, stymying progress and leading the General Assembly to once again leave Springfield in May without an agreement.

Last Minute Shenanigans

In the final hours of the scheduled spring session, the Senate considered a wildly unbalanced and bloated state budget approved by House Democrats a week earlier. Senate Bill 2048 originally was passed by the Senate on May 5 as a bipartisan higher education funding plan, but it was altered in the House to include an entire state budget plan.

Righter: Legislation ensures schools will open in fall despite state budget impasse

Despite the state’s ongoing budget impasse, schools would open next fall and receive at least the same amount of funding they are receiving now under legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter.

Senate advances flawed education funding measures

Multiple proposals were advanced by the Illinois Senate this week that would change the way education is funded in Illinois, efforts that Republican Senators characterized as rushed attempts to drive additional dollars to Chicago Public Schools.

Budget negotiations remain strained

As the legislative session heads towards the scheduled May 31 adjournment date, the leaders of the four caucuses met several times this week with Gov. Bruce Rauner. Though the Governor’s budget director offered his opinion that a budget agreement is possible by Tuesday, budget negotiations remained strained, with Democrat leaders refusing to entertain Republicans’ calls for common sense, economy boosting reforms as part of the compromise.

Righter: Speaker Madigan, House Democrats kill EIU funding legislation

Legislation that sailed through the Illinois Senate May 5 that would have directed more critical funding to Eastern Illinois University, other universities, and community colleges during the state’s ongoing budget impasse is now essentially dead, according to State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon).