No Closer To A State Budget, But A Shake-up In The Players At The Table

Illinois Lawmakers Convene Special Session As Budget Deadline Looms
After almost two years without a state budget, lawmakers in Illinois are scrambling to hammer out a deal before the fiscal year ends Friday. Pictured: A veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in 2016 in Springfield, Ill. (Seth Perlman/AP)
Illinois Lawmakers Convene Special Session As Budget Deadline Looms
After almost two years without a state budget, lawmakers in Illinois are scrambling to hammer out a deal before the fiscal year ends Friday. Pictured: A veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in 2016 in Springfield, Ill. (Seth Perlman/AP)

No Closer To A State Budget, But A Shake-up In The Players At The Table

Lawmakers have until midnight tonight to come up with a budget. Otherwise, the state goes into the third straight year without one. And the cuts to social services, uncertainty for higher ed, and stalled road construction, among many other issues, will continue. While the Senate and House Leaders hemmed and hawed, gave and take behind closed doors, there was news in the halls of the Capitol. Republican Senate Leader Christine Radogno announced her retirement, effective Saturday.

WBEZ statehouse reporter Tony Arnold is in Springfield, watching the action around the clock. And he’s with us at the start of Doomsday.