Rauner Calls Special Session of General Assembly to Consider Budget

As the fiscal year winds down still without a budget agreement, Governor Bruce Rauner has called for a special session of the General Assembly, in hopes of reaching that elusive budget deal.

In a video released Thursday, Rauner says the legislature has “tough, urgent choices to make” and encourages lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to “show the people of Illinois we have their best interests in mind, not our own”.

The special session won’t be cheap, however – the Chicago Tribune estimates the cost to taxpayers at approximately $40,000 per day between legislate pay and mileage reimbursement.

If legislators are in Springfield for all ten potential days of the special session, it would cost about $400,000.

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