Although funding is flowing again, many agencies are still owed substantial sums for past work performed for the state.
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday that he’ll sell $6 billion in bonds to help pay off Illinois’ staggering bill backlog.
The important thing is that Rauner is replacing Goldberg with somebody who has helped build an organization of conservative true believers.
“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.”
The Civic Federation says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recommended budget relies on “uncertain savings, one-time revenues.”
The Illinois political theater is playing out, but there is no final act in sight — with just 23 days to go before the end of the legislative session.
The hospital group intends to reduce spending, in part, because of delays in payments from the state of Illinois.
Time will tell whether the talk on Thursday will move the needle in ending an impasse that has stretched nearly 22 months.