*** UPDATED x4 - Not so fast *** Where there’s a will there’s a way
Friday, May 29, 2015
* I told subscribers this morning that there’s been some interesting little behind the scenes movement over the past 48 hours or so. Keep your fingers crossed…
*** UPDATE 1 *** I wasn’t at the media availability, so I asked Cullerton’s press secretary to explain…
*** UPDATE 2 *** The event will hopefully be live-streamed by BlueRoomStream.com. Click here.
*** UPDATE 3 *** The two GOP leaders said they didn’t think there would be a negotiated budget by Sunday, but they did hold out hope that some progress can be made on the non-budgetary front. Listen to the whole thing…
*** UPDATE 4 *** I really thought I could see a glimmer of hope in the governor’s remarks, despite the bluster.
But Speaker Madigan’s spokesman Steve Brown told me he didn’t see anything in there to indicate that the impasse could be broken.
He also said that the leader’s meeting featured the governor repeating his usual talking points.
Brown added that when Rauner was told that his own budget proposal was $3 billion out of balance he acted surprised. “It was totally news to him,” Brown said. “I conclude that the bubble is perhaps more complete than we thought.”