Ill. State Senator: 'We, As Legislators, Are Responsible' For Budget Impasse

Ill. State Senator: 'We, As Legislators, Are Responsible' For Budget Impasse
Demonstrators, protesting the state of Illinois budget stalemate, rally in the Loop before marching to the Chicago Board of Trade Building where they bolcked all of the entrances to the building on November 2, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Ill. State Senator: 'We, As Legislators, Are Responsible' For Budget Impasse
Demonstrators, protesting the state of Illinois budget stalemate, rally in the Loop before marching to the Chicago Board of Trade Building where they bolcked all of the entrances to the building on November 2, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ill. State Senator: 'We, As Legislators, Are Responsible' For Budget Impasse

After almost a year without a budget, Illinois leaders reached a deal last week for a temporary measure to keep the state government running for six months. The stopgap budget, negotiated between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the state’s General Assembly, may provide some relief to the people of Illinois, but it also does little to address the ongoing issues that held up an agreement in the first place.

State Sen. Donne Trotter, a Chicago Democrat and assistant majority leader, speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about what he thinks still needs to be done and the responsibility he feels, along with his colleagues and the governor, for the year-long impasse.

Guest

Donne Trotter, Illinois state senator (D) of the 17th district and assistant majority leader

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