* Press release…
December 6 marks the anniversary of the last legislative leaders’ budget meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner. The governor then cancelled all future meetings. Lawmakers ultimately approved and enacted a bipartisan budget without him.
Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement.
“It’s hard to run a state without a governor. I’ve said all along that I’m willing to work with Governor Rauner. But I’m also willing to work without him.
“Governor Rauner has a state budget proposal due in 70 days. He needs to take charge and finally deliver a balanced and realistic budget for the people of Illinois. To do otherwise would threaten to plunge the state back into the impasse that has so far haunted his administration.”