*** UPDATED x4 - Madigan comments - Budget passes House 83-35 - IMA backs budget, capital bills *** This just in… Movement
Friday, May 31, 2019
* A source very close to the talks says the House will vote on a budget tonight and the vote will be bipartisan. So, it appears there’s been some movement.
The governor has been convening talks for hours this evening. His people were adamant about trying to break the logjam that has been developing for several days.
*** UPDATE 1 *** Hmm…
The Senate has been wanting to wait until after the budget vote to do the RHA so as not to enflame passions. I told subscribers earlier about the Fix the FOID bill being stuck.
Also, Mayor Lightfoot appears to have a problem with the gaming bill, but I’ve been having trouble getting an answer out of her people.
And if the House does wait until tomorrow to do the capital bill taxes, that’s going to mean 71 votes. And those aren’t easy votes by any stretch of the imagination.
*** UPDATE 2 *** 9:33 pm The Illinois Manufacturers Association says it is now supporting the state operating budget and the capital budget. The governor and the House Republican Leader were able to come to an agreement with the other leaders on concessions.
Meanwhile, Gov. Pritzker was invited to attend the Senate Republican caucus meeting tonight. He walked in at about 9:20 or so.
The House is now debating the budget.
*** UPDATE 3 *** 9:33 pm The House passed the budget (SB262) 83-35.
*** UPDATE 4 *** 9:57 pm Kind of a matter of fact statement from Speaker Madigan…