Rauner Calls For Budget Unity, Democrats Cry Foul

June 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging lawmakers to end the "unnecessary" budget crisis that's gripped Illinois for two years.  

The first-term Republican delivered brief comments from the Old State Capitol Tuesday, the evening before legislators were set to begin a special session on the budget.

He called for lawmakers to set aside partisan differences, asking the Democrat-controlled Legislature to back a plan introduced by Republicans last week. Rauner says failure to act could cause "permanent damage."  

The proposal includes a four-year property tax freeze and term limits, along with a four-year income tax increase.  

Rauner has been deadlocked with legislative Democrats since taking office in 2015.  

If lawmakers don't reach agreement by July 1, Illinois will enter a third year without a budget.  

Democrats dismissed Rauner's speech as campaigning, saying he hasn't shown unity in his tenure. 

Story source: AP