The Democrat controlled General Assembly set May 19th as the adjournment date for the spring session. But the timeline for wrapping up the session and passing a budget has come and gone. The budget bill for the state of Illinois was not voted on Friday.
The past few weeks have made putting a new state budget together more complicated.Estimates predict a drop in revenue, while lawmakers are also dealing with sticker shock for certain programs. It has resulted in a delay on approval of a new spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 as House and Senate Democrats continue to argue among themselves and could not get the job done.
House Republican Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) said this failed effort was despite House Republican efforts with offers to help that were turned down, and now with additional days, Republicans will continue to make themselves available. Her comments are attached.
House members will return to Springfield Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week in an attempt to wrap things up.