History was made in Springfield Thursday; for the first time in more than two years, Illinois has a budget.
The Illinois House had just enough votes, 71, to overturn the Governor’s veto. It ends a drought of no budget since July 2015, but comes with a large tax increase for Illinois residents.
14 Republicans crossed over to support the tax hike, a spending bill and revenue bill. Speaker Mike Madigan took to the floor saying “We finally ended the impasse,” which was met with applause from Democrats only.
Madigan added that this is what happens when people can cooperate and negotiate in good faith.
Before the votes came in, Leader Jim Durkin (R-82nd District) said he hoped work can continue on non budget issues, adding that he was disappointment in the override vote.
Speaker Madigan says a lot will be said about the vote, but reiterated that it was done through a bipartisan effort. He says they will continue to work on non budget issues.
The clock now restarts after more than 700 days without a budget.