Republicans and Democrats made a rare joint effort to send some long-awaited state money to mayors and Illinois Lottery winners who have been begging for it.
But the money might not be coming soon.
Illinois House lawmakers of both parties approved state Rep. Marty Moylan’s legislation to send gasoline and gambling tax money to communities that have missed out during the ongoing state budget impasse, an idea Gov. Bruce Rauner endorsed. The Des Plaines Democrat’s proposals would mean millions of dollars in money that has been delayed since the state blew past July 1 without a budget in place.
But even in that agreement there was friction that underscored the ongoing budget stalemate that has lasted most of the year.
And because the Illinois Senate still needs to approve — and isn’t scheduled to meet again until next year — the check isn’t yet in the mail, and might not be for a while.
It goes beyond that. House Majority Leader Currie filed a motion to reconsider on the bill after yesterday’s vote. It can’t move to the Senate until that brick is removed.
* Why did he do that?
Tension is growing between state Sen. John Cullerton and Madigan. Sources tell Illinois Playbook that Madigan was fuming not because Senate Democrats cut a deal with Rauner on day care funding, but because of the way that they did it. Madigan would have pushed for Rauner to put his members on a bill codifying funding levels instead of agreeing to a rule change. Why? It was Rauner, after all, who sliced the day care benefits and turned around and restored them. He could do the same thing again tomorrow if he wanted.
– Cullerton, meanwhile, wants to find a way to give Rauner something to walk away with a deal. Madigan fears Cullerton doesn’t fully appreciate the intensity with which Rauner is going to go after Democrats in the next election, sources say.
Rauner’s gonna go after Democrats next year whatever they do. That doesn’t mean all progress should stop until next November, however.