Springfield !!!!! Things are starting to take shape towards a budget, it now looks like there is an actual shot at a budget !!!
Most feel that we must first have a budget passed before they will consider passing one of our gaming bills. Lets keep our fingers crossed and see where things go tomorrow, as of this moment the House has adjourned and will reconvene at 11:00 AM tomorrow, July 1st.
The info below from an inside source !!!
WHERE ARE WE NOW? The House overwhelmingly adopted an amendment today that contained the House Democrats’ proposed budget. The amendment was approved 90-25. The floor debate was about the most bipartisan and hopeful I’ve ever watched. But this ain’t over until it’s over and some pitfalls remain.
Speaker Madigan rose after the vote to thank the Republicans and said “I think it’s a good step forward. A step that we can build upon.” But, he said there’s “much work yet to be done,” so he said the House will be in session until tomorrow at least.
The amendment floor vote was Speaker Madigan’s idea. He wanted the budget amendment adopted as a sign of good faith by the Republicans and then he’d restart negotiations on everything else, including non-budget issues and revenues.
The budget itself is also still not agreed. A “top Republican source” described today’s floor action as more of a “procedural vote” than a sign of support for the underlying bill. There’s still a lot of work left to do.
However, after the floor vote, the Illinois Republican Party pulled down a very negative online ad that attacked Madigan. That’s unprecedented. Their TV ads are still running, however.
Madigan sent a letter today to the bond rating agencies asking them to withhold judgement and to allow the negotiations to continue before moving the state to junk bond status.
Speaker Madigan also said he was convening a leaders’ meeting today to talk about the budget and non-budget issues. He added that he’ll convene a “meeting of interested parties” on the revenue bill. He used that same “interested parties” phrase twice.
“Let’s keep up the good work and we’ll get the job done,” Madigan said.
From what I’ve been told, this thing just about went off the rails last night, but they got things back on track this morning.