*** UPDATE 1 *** To streamline the debate, the House only allowed one proponent and one opponent to speak.
The House voted against the budget proposal, 5-107.
So, just five people say they want these cuts. But not nearly enough favor the tax hike extension.
On to the next turn in the road.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Targets were all “No” votes…
Crespo was joined by Madigan; Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago; Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion; and Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago [were the only “Yes” votes].
So, the targets mostly voted against the tax hike budget, and they voted against the tax cut budget.
[ *** End Of Updates *** ]
The Illinois House could begin voting as early as today on a revised budget plan that would slash more than $3 billion from a budget proposal they approved just a week ago.
Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, chairman of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee, said the votes could come as early as Friday, while another veteran House Democrat said the vote was definitely on. […]
Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates, is chairman of the House General Services Appropriations Committee.
“I want to make sure that when we take those votes, people understand it’s not just cutting jobs. There’s going to be repercussions. People will feel the impact,” Crespo said.
Except Crespo has said he’s leaning against voting for the tax hike.
* Meanwhile, Madigan more than just hinted at the tax hike’s fate yesterday…
Asked about the Republican advisory amendment plan by Rep. Ed Sullivan, R-Mundelein, Madigan signaled the tax question was off the table because only 34 House Democrats Wednesday showed a willingness to back the tax extension. Sixty votes are needed to get the plan backed by Gov. Pat Quinn out of the House.
“I think as a result of yesterday, that’s pretty much moot,” Madigan told Sullivan.
Later, however, Madigan gave a conflicting answer when pressed by Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, if the tax-extension is dead for the spring legislative session, which is scheduled to end May 31.
“Mr. McSweeney, I don’t want to be quoted as the one who killed the governor’s proposal,” Madigan said.
That’s not really a conflicting answer.
Watch the live blog for the debate.