* As subscribers know, it’s not all good news in the Senate, but talks continue despite threats by both sides to walk away. Finke…
Illinois Senate negotiators continued to work Thursday on a comprehensive spending and revenue plan, a day after the Senate failed to move along legislation aimed at ending the state’s nearly two-year budget stalemate.
Despite continued pronouncements that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are close to an agreement on an overall plan, there were no votes on any of the remaining components of the “grand bargain.” That included workers’ compensation changes that Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said were close enough to agreement that they could get a vote Thursday.
“There is not yet an agreement (on workers’ comp),” said Cullerton spokesman John Patterson. “A workers’ comp reform proposal is going to require support from both sides of the aisle.”
Patterson also said budget teams were continuing to meet to come to agreement on a tax-and-spending plan that can be sent to the House. Both the Senate and House are controlled by the Democrats.