Deadline For Budget Action Looms Over Illinois Legislature

Laverne Mann
June 1, 2017

The throng shouted chants about the governor and House Speaker Michael Madigan such as, "Rauner, Madigan, can't you see, human needs beat corporate greed!" and carried a banner outlining their vision for IL as it wended its way toward the Capitol.

Trevor Gervais, lead organizer with the government watchdog group Common Cause Illinois, told ThinkProgress that Rauner's concerns about fraud are unfounded. The Just Democracy Coalition advocated strongly for the legislation, which also had the support of several local election officials including Cook County Clerk David Orr, along with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25.

However, a Rauner spokeswoman said Tuesday's plan doesn't go far enough. To qualify, potential voters must meet certain conditions and they have the choice to opt out of being automatically registered to vote.

State leaders still have the month of June to find an agreement before the start of fiscal year 2018 on July 1. OR was the first state to pass such legislation in March of 2015, and since then, seven other states as well as the District of Columbia have implemented some form of automatic registration.

Secretary of State Police estimated as many as 400 individuals convened at the Capitol.

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IL lawmakers braced Wednesday for the likelihood that they'll miss a key midnight deadline for a deal to end the longest state budget drought in modern American history, triggering a rule requiring even more votes to approve one later. You have a permanent increase in the income tax and (this is) two years?

On other issues, the Senate unanimously appproved a measure making it more hard for authorities to seize property from owners in connection with a suspected crime. Sen. The measure relies on more than $5 billion in tax increases.

Brian Costin is deputy chief of staff to Republican Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti (san-gwihn-NEH'-tee).

GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner wants government bodies consolidated as part of efforts to streamline government. But to get to his $300 million estimated price, the governor would need a major zoning change from City Hall to allow at least three times the square footage now allowed, the governor's aides have acknowledged.

House Speaker Michael Madigan said in a statement that the plan moves the state closer to a sale and shows a willingness to work with the Republican governor.

Rauner has pushed to sell the building, citing millions of dollars in deferred maintenance and its inefficient design. Klinger and his fellow marchers say their budget plan would offer young people opportunity and give the elderly a sense of security.

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