SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to crank up the pressure Tuesday on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the state budget jam, disparaging the Chicago Democrat for not stopping a $1,360 pay hike for lawmakers while Illinois struggles without a spending plan…
With Democrats controlling legislative traffic, a red light has greeted GOP legislation to reject the raise, keeping it from consideration. Floor requests Tuesday to schedule a hearing were declared out of order.
“Everybody’s going to have to give in a little bit on this budget crisis,” said Rep. Mark Batinick, a Plainfield Republican who is the bill’s lead sponsor. “If we can’t do this easy thing, I don’t know how we’re going to do the hard things…”
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