It’s Thursday, Dec. 17, the day Gov. Bruce Rauner will host a third meeting in as many weeks with legislative leaders regarding the budget impasse.
The 2 p.m. meeting will be held at the governor’s office in the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and Republican House and Senate leaders Jim Durkin and Christine Radogno are confirmed attendees, according to their offices. A spokesman for Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan did not return a call asking whether the House leader would be there.
The spate of meetings started after pressure from good government groups who criticized a lack of progress on a spending plan as the state is in its sixth month without a complete budget. Before the meetings began on Dec. 1, Rauner and the four leaders hadn’t been in the same room since May.
The closed-door gathering isn’t expected to bring about an agreement any time soon, however.
Madigan’s spokesman told me yesterday that as far as he knew the Speaker would attend.
I’ll post a ScribbleLive thingy here if warranted.
*** UPDATE *** Well, that does it then…
*** UPDATE 2 *** It should be noted that Madigan’s daughter just had a baby. I assume that played into this absence.