Governor, Key Legislators Fail to Reach Budget Agreement, Again

Date: December 03, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders met this week and finally came to an agreement–an only agreement to meet again.

The much anticipated meeting was exactly what many predicted, long on drama and short on results. For weeks the meeting participants couldn’t even agree on whether the meeting should be held in an open forum, or left behind closed doors where most budget negotiations take place.

In the end, the governor called for the first part of the meeting to be open to the press with each participant allowed 10 minutes to lay out their issues.  The rest of the meeting, which lasted under an hour, was behind closed doors.

Perhaps the meeting had a thawing effect on the Rauner-Madigan relationship as the next day the Speaker allowed a bill to move forward that freed up monies for $1.9 billion for local governments and domestic violence shelters. The Senate will take up the measure on Dec. 7.


While no date is set for the next meeting, it is expected to be before the Christmas holiday.


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