Rauner reacts positively to Madigan “embracing economic changes”
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
* Press release…
That’s a very good and measured response. The governor focused exclusively on the fact that Madigan has finally appeared to say he’s willing to do some economic reforms along with a real budget.
Madigan’s stopgap budget proposal the House passed this week is likely going nowhere in the Senate, which has its own grand plan. Madigan could pass his property tax freeze plan again and send that across the building along with a stopgap to try and force Rauner’s hand. But it’s highly doubtful that Senate President Cullerton and Senate GOP Leader Radogno would expose Chicago and other municipalities and school districts to a permanent property tax freeze just to get an inadequate 6-month budget. They have their own plan, and they’re sticking to it. Madigan is boxed for now. It’ll be interesting to see what comes next.