Speaker Madigan to Call Spending Plan for a Vote on Friday

Jun 29, 2017

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that revenue to pay for the Democrats' plan would rely on an income-tax hike but no legislation has been filed.

The state hasn't had an annual budget since 2015 and faces a July 1 deadline for avoiding starting a third one in a row without a plan.

Madigan says talks continue key issues demanded by the Republican governor. They include restrictions on workers' compensation payouts, pension-benefits savings, local government consolidation and a property tax freeze.

Madigan says he will insist Rauner give in on Democrats' demands too - such as signing a school-funding overhaul plan and using a public procurement process to buy managed-care coverage.