Legislators Take Weekend Break Days Before Budget Is Due

May 23, 2015
 

Illinois legislators are taking a weekend break, though there are major issues unresolved heading toward their May 31st adjournment.

After long last, a handful of Gov. Bruce Rauner's initiatives were just introduced -- term limits, restrictions on where lawsuits can be filed, minimizing what companies are responsible for when it comes to workers' compensation claims, and a property tax freeze. 

"It's time that we get down to business and really start making a difference in how we do business in the state," Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said.

The governor's threatened a long, overtime session if his plan doesn't fly. 

But Democrats say it's unfair to hold the state budget hostage to the governor's requests.

"And says you've got five days, take it or leave it, or you're here all summer," said Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo). "That process stinks."

If you can't tell, there's a deep divide. The legislative session resumes Monday afternoon. 

Story source: Illinois Public Radio