As the Illinois General Assembly nears the final weeks of the scheduled spring legislative session, some of the higher-profile issues are beginning to emerge.
This week on the House floor, Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) brought forth a series of amendments to Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bills that included severe cuts in human services programs. The Speaker apparently brought the amendments, with little forewarning and no committee hearings, to the floor to force the hand of Governor Bruce Rauner (R-Winnetka) who has said that such cuts could be necessary to balance the budget. As planned, the motions to approve the cuts failed, thus indicating to the Governor that the legislature may not be willing to wield such a budget ax.
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