Illinois Lawmakers Overturn Governor's Veto On State Budget

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Instead, the vote to override is "another step in Illinois' never-ending tragic trail of tax hikes", Rauner said in a statement. Racing interests lobbied to restore the owners' awards payments and were successful in making them an item in the budget that passed.

Jared Labell, executive director of Taxpayers United of America, compared fixing the state's financial problems, as well as the impact the income tax hike could have, to a game of "Jenga". A downgrade would make IL the first state to receive a "junk" rating and could likely trigger higher borrowing costs for America's fifth-largest state. But another year without a budget, activist Liz Kersjes said in an interview Friday, would have been "disastrous for the children and most vulnerable citizens of IL".

Despite the $36 billion budget getting pushed through, IL remains in a financial mess following decades of mismanagement and the recent budget fight.

"There would be more economic stagnation and more people will leave the state, and the more people who leave the state, the worse it will be for those who stay".

"Only through true property tax relief, meaningful workers' compensation reform and a fair and equitable school funding reform model will IL have a strong foundation for future job growth and education excellence", he said.

But 10 Republicans voted for at least one of the veto overrides. And yet he has the audacity to call it a "balanced budget". After all, he had been in a two-year stare-down with Madigan and blinked. Drafters of the legislation said the money will help the state gradually catch up on a deficit of $6.2 billion and about $14.7 billion in overdue bills.

City of Springfield Fire Marshal Chris Richmond says the powdery substance that prompted a hazardous material investigation at the Illinois Capitol was collected from several locations on the second floor, including the governor's office. In fact, both bills penalize insurers and their customers; they do not enact beneficial reforms.

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House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, praised bipartisan cooperation for ending an "unbelievable struggle" lasting two years with Rauner. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the measure - and was overridden.

"We can't go any longer without a state budget".

Credit-rating houses threatened to downgrade the state's creditworthiness to "junk", signaling to investors that buying state debt is a highly speculative venture. "And it's $3 billion less than we're spending now", he said. But lawmakers are at least hoping that their vote will keep the credit rating agencies from knocking IL down to "junk" bond status. "I am confident voters will hold those politicians accountable for choosing Mike Madigan over the people of IL".

One person was taken into custody, said Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, which oversees Capitol security.

Durkin told Reuters News Service that he had no plans to take any punitive actions against those Republicans for voting as they did, but predicted "it's definitely a possibility" some will face primary challenges from the Republican Party's anti-tax wing in the 2018 elections.

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois residents can once again purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets without leaving the state.

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