As school districts around Illinois remain in limbo due to the ongoing budget impasse between Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in the legislature, Jacksonville Public Schools Superintendent Steve Ptacek says his district will open on time and as scheduled in August.
The General Assembly was supposed to have been in “continuous session” for the month of June, but it has yet to meet in Springfield.
Governor Bruce Rauner’s office this afternoon announced that he has vetoed a bill that would call for binding arbitration in the event of impasse between the administration and State of Illinois employee unions.
Governor Bruce Rauner took an unprecedented step in Illinois politics on Wednesday by announcing that he was considering paying for a special session of the General Assembly, should one become necessary to solve the state’s budget impasse.
House Speaker Mike Madigan has added what Governor Bruce Rauner’s office calls a “poison pill” to a bill that would disburse almost $5B in federal money during the budget impasse.
An attempt by Senate Democrats to compromise with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner on one point of his Turnaround Agenda was short-lived.
Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) has filed a bill that would eliminate the rule that allows Illinois legislators to continue to draw their state paychecks during a budget impasse.