IL budget impasse has cut off services for 1M

The new plan would send $286 million more to Chicago schools.

A new survey from the United Way of IL shows that almost 1 million people statewide have lost services due to the inability of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to reach a compromise.

"I think the good news is it looks like we pretty well have an agreement on the stopgap budget itself", Rauner told reporters at a state capitol news conference, characterizing remaining differences with Democrats on spending levels as minor.

A Rauner spokesman did not immediately comment.

IL is the only state without a budget agreement for this fiscal year, and is on the brink of starting its second.

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday they appear close to a deal.

Senate President John Cullerton is hopeful that a bipartisan budget plan and school funding bill will come up for votes when the legislature meets on Wednesday, according to a statement from his office. The governor has insisted on cost-cutting changes in law to boost business, freeze property taxes, curb union influence, and adopt political term limits and fairer ways to draw legislative districts.

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown maintains that "no one's talking about bailouts" for CPS.

Both chambers approved education funding bills last month that significantly boosted spending - the House by $700 million, the Senate by $950 million.


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