UPDATE: Governor Rauner Vetoes Illinois Budget

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UPDATE – Just minutes after Governor Rauner vetoed the current budget package, including the 32% income tax increase, the Illinois Senate overrode his veto.

The budget package now goes back to the House, which would also have to override the governor’s veto for it to be passed. It is not yet clear if they have the votes to do so.

The House is set to reconvene Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., but it’s unlikely they’ll have the attendance necessary to take any action today.

Stay with Eyewitness News for updates on this developing story.


For the first time in three years, Illinois may soon have a budget.

A full budget has officially passed both the Illinois House and Senate. It now heads to Governor Rauner’s desk. The governor remains a large obstacle for the budget to actually pass, he has said that he plans to veto the tax hike.

Reaction is already coming from across the state.

“Today, I voted to make sure that Rock Valley College’s doors stay open. I voted to make sure that roadwork in Rockford doesn’t grind to a halt. I voted to make sure that Rockford and Harlem schools open in the fall. Without a balanced budget, none of that would be possible. Today’s vote was not easy, but I am proud to have voted to restore certainty and stability to Rockford, Winnebago County and all of Illinois.”

Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford)

The budget implementation bill passed the Illinois Senate with 36 yes votes, including some Republicans.

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