Illinois House Approves Budget Plan; Will Govenor Sign It?

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The Illinois House voted Wednesday in favor of a spending plan for the next fiscal year.

The measure passed by a ten vote margin.  However, it stands very little chance of being signed by the Governor.

“I’d say this is a phony bill,” exclaimed Rep. Jim Durkin (R-82nd).  “But, I don’t what’s worse than phony.  Anyway, I’ve had it. I’m not going to vote for this thing, and no one in this chamber should vote for this thing, this is a joke.”

Republicans said Democrats have made another false promise to the people of Illinois, with another budget that doesn’t balance out, this time to the tune of $7 billion. 

Democrats say the Republicans would have voted against the bill, no matter what the cost.

“You’ll say it whether you had five minutes, five hours, or five years to read it – your votes are all going to be the same,” said Rep. Lou Lang (D-16th).

The debate was cut short by a procedural motion leaving Republicans furious and helpless.  Republicans left the chamber protesting the way Democrats pushed the bill through over Republican objections.

“This just has a smell, a foul smell of how democracy was just thrown out of the chamber of the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Dan Brady (R-105th).

Democrats say they would welcome a compromise bill.  But, they said Wednesday’s vote ensures a budget will hit the Governor’s desk by the end of the month.

“I think there is time to see compromise bills,” said Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (R-7th).  “But, if compromise doesn’t happen we have a fall back.”

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