Rauner hopeful rumored budget deal will come to pass

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s hopeful Democrats and leaders in his party can come together to fix the state’s broken system in the short time they have before the end of next week’s session.

The scheduled two-day session could open with a deal being revealed to possibly solve the state’s 18-month-long budget impasse.

Media reports indicate a deal could include legislative leader term limits, workers’ comp reforms, a temporary property tax freeze, an increase of the income tax and a tax on sugary drinks.

Rauner said Friday he’s been briefed on the summary by leading Republican state Sen. Christine Radogno, R-Lemont.

“I’m not familiar with all the detail. I think it’s still being worked out. I think some legislation is still being drafted. But I’m heartened by that,” Rauner said. “I’m optimistic that Democrats and Republicans are negotiating in good faith to come up with changes to our system so it’s not broken anymore.”

Several lawmakers in the House confirmed rumblings about the deal.

Leading Republican state Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, said there’s a lot of speculation of what leading Senators will produce. “They may be poised to present and vote on a budget possibly Monday or Tuesday, but that is all the whispers that are going on the chambers right now because it’s very tight lipped.”

Messages seeking comment from Senate leaders were not successful.

–Illinois News Network

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