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Cullerton says Rauner needs to “take charge” of budget, threatens to “work without him”

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

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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.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments »
  1. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:07 pm:

    Maybe Cullerton should focus his attention to Ives.


  2. - The Captain - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:09 pm:

    The end product of next session is going to be a six month budget with a plan to revisit the budget after the election. I get that they have to go through the routine of trying to operate a fully functioning government but between now and the election we’re either going to have no budget or a holdover budget and anything else is for show.


  3. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    Blue Dog, I’d love to see Ives’ alt-budget presentation on Valentine’s Day.


  4. - theCardinal - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    Aye Captain ! Me thinks you are correct sir !


  5. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 2:08 pm:

    ==The end product of next session is going to be a six month budget with a plan to revisit the budget after the election.==

    If Rauner signs anything other than a full budget, he might as well sign papers dropping out of the race while he does it.


  6. - Dude Abides - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    Well Rauner stated just weeks ago that the state might not get a budget passed next year. I don’t think that’s going to win him many votes should that occur.


  7. - Sir Reel - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    For the life of me I can’t figure out what the Governor does every day, other than campaigning. An opening here, a foreign trip there. Obviously no working with the legislature.


  8. - anon2 - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    With increased revenues from the tax hike he promises to repeal, Rauner should have a bit easier time crafting a somewhat balanced budget for next year. Assuming he wants to do so.


  9. - Nick Name - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 3:09 pm:

    I am expecting an epic legislative session.


  10. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    –December 6 marks the anniversary of the last legislative leaders’ budget meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner. –

    Who’s in charge of the anniversary party?


  11. - Thomas Paine - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:43 pm:

    Nice work by Patterson.

    They are trolling Rauner for his “not in charge” statements, echoing Ives’ offer to “lead the charge.”

    More of this Democrats, much more.


  12. - anon - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 10:03 pm:

    the dems pass a budget out of balance by billions and they are giving budget advice–that’s rich


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