* Daily Chronicle…
State Rep. Bob Pritchard and state Sen. Dave Syverson didn’t pretend to know the answer to a question posed by Laurie Borowicz, president of Kishwaukee College: What happens next year, when it’s time to pass another budget?
“I think that’s the unanswered question,” Pritchard, R-Hinckley, said Thursday during the Unplugged Politics event at the Genoa Veterans Home. “It all comes down to what [Gov. Bruce Rauner] will propose in his budget address, and what the Legislature will craft, and whether those two can come together. Those are unknowns. We’re in an election cycle. Having gone through these first two years, and the reaction we’ve gotten, that could have some impact.
“Politics has gotten too big of a play in Illinois, as well as nationally.”
Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.
Dietz told the campus community during his State of the University speech on Thursday that possibility is tempering his essential optimism and forcing planners to come up with contingencies in case stopgap budgeting returns.
Dietz says the last two years of deadlock reduced ISU funding by $51 million compared to budgets frozen at 2015 levels.
* The Question: What do you think will happen with the budget next year?