Mayors from across Illinois have launched a pre-emptive strike against Springfield as the governor and lawmakers work out a budget deal that’s due by the end of the month. Those officials from suburbs like Downers Grove and Geneva do not want a budget that takes money away from their municipal coffers. Under Illinois law, cities get a portion of the money collected by state income taxes, but that amount has been cut by 10 percent and the governor wants to do the same this year. In response, a group of suburban mayors launched a campaign called Protect My Town to educate their residents about the stakes involved in continued cuts to their share of that tax money.
Morning Shift is joined by two mayors to talk about what they face with a reduction in state money.