Thursday, January 26, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-02

GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS; SENATE RESETS
Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his third State of the State Address on Wednesday before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly in the House chamber where he highlighted a number of issues and bills that were approved by the legislature and that he signed into law. He also urged lawmakers to continue to work toward an agreement on a balanced state budget.

Meanwhile, the Senate worked diligently this week on its version of a budget compromise, but no votes were taken. T he Senate had introduced a package of bills that contained a proposed budget compromise earlier this month. The plan was to vote on the bills this week, but with such a massive, comprehensive package (13 separate bills) there were too many questions yet to answer. Senate Leaders John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Christine Radogno (R-LaGrange) indicated Thursday that the plan was for the Senate to take up votes on the budget package upon the Senate’s return to the Capitol on Feb. 7.

The House of Representatives moved at a more deliberate pace. Committee appointments had not been made by the beginning of the week so no House committees met. The House will return to the Capitol on Feb. 8 and committees are expected to be up and running by then.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-02, including what the governor discussed during his State of the State address and ongoing changes to the Senate budget package.