Governor Bruce Rauner expressed his frustration in front of his fellow republican lawmakers at the Winnebago/Boone County Regional Office of Education in Loves Park on Thursday, after Tuesday’s deadline to pass a state budget came and went with no action.
Illinois has been without a budget for 11 months, leaving many state agencies and schools vulnerable to crippling cuts.
“There’s no reason why this budget should not have been passed,” said Representative John Cabello (R).
Thursday’s press conference was part of a two day statewide tour.
Rauner wants democrats to send him an education funding bill and a stop-gap spending plan, to fund critical state operations.
Illinois has already gone almost a full fiscal year without a budget, and seems to be heading towards its second because lawmakers can’t reach an agreement.
“So, that’s, I think, the frustration of part of this that’s going on,” said Representative Dave Syverson (R). “Every time the governor offers a compromise, the other side moves the bar.”
Democratic state senator Steve Stadelman, however, says the blame game isn’t going to get things done.
“If you want to try to reach a deal, it’s not helping if you keep pointing fingers and saying ‘it’s their fault’” said Stadelman. “I think there’s plenty of blame to go around. We need to come together and reach an agreement here.”
But both sides can agree on one thing – it’s the state’s most vulnerable residents that are suffering the most.
“We have so many things that are in jeopardy,” said Cabello. “And as we know, in our community, we have a challenge with crime. Those are some of the reasons why. Then you can over to the social services side, which are really human services, and those people are hurting.”