Democrats Accuse Rauner Of Killing Budget Compromise
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced Wednesday that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is opposed to the budget compromise under construction and abruptly adjourned for the day.
Cullerton (D-Chicago) had planned to call crucial pieces of the so-called "grand bargain," but Republicans and Democrats spent most of the day in private caucus meetings.
When the chamber reconvened late in the afternoon, Cullerton announced "the governor has decided to interject himself in this process and doesn't want this approved in this form."
Republican Leader Christine Radogno, of Lemont, did not dispute Cullerton. But she said she is confident the governor will work with lawmakers to solve the two-year budget deadlock.
The compromise that Cullerton and Radogno were working on included increasing the income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.99 percent and establishing a local property tax freeze.
Rauner has demanded the property tax freeze be permanent as part of a budget deal.
WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold contributed to this story.