“We’ve got to become competitive so we can afford to be compassionate,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said after meeting business owners in Hegewisch.
Lawyers for the state say an order could make it harder for Illinois to deal with a backlog of unpaid bills that’s now around $14 billion.
The state’s Revenue Department said three provisions in a Senate revenue bill may violate the state’s Constitution and federal laws.
Brown: Opponents, including AARP, say the plan in reality is a reckless reduction of services that will result in higher costs to the state.
“The Senate Democrats today jumped the shark,” Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said in a statement.
Rauner used the joint appearance to accuse the mayor of not using enough of his “influence” on Democrats to push for a school funding formula change.
Cullerton said he has been trying to put himself in the governor’s shoes: “He’s never passed a bill in the two years he’s been here.”