Despite the looming deadline of June 30 marking the end of Fiscal Year 2017, no complete balanced budget and reform package has advanced from the General Assembly to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.
While legislative leaders met in what were general described as productive and positive meetings, and rank-and-file lawmakers representing both chambers continued to work together hammering out details on budget and reform proposals, lawmakers ended the fiscal year without coming to terms on a final package. The Senate and House of Representatives are both scheduled to continue session through the weekend to try to hash out a deal.
Senate Republicans reaffirmed their commitment to a deal that is good for Illinois families, underscoring the need for a balanced, full-year budget, something the state hasn’t had in over a decade, along with critical reforms to provide taxpayers and employers with relief.