Thursday, June 30, 2016

“Illinois, Illinois”

As reported in the Chicago Tribune this afternoon:

The Illinois House on Thursday approved a stopgap budget that would keep state government afloat for six months, ensure schools open this fall and provide help to struggling Chicago Public Schools after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly hoped they struck a deal amid intense political pressure with the November election looming.

The 105–4 vote follows two days of closed-door negotiations, the first meaningful round of give-and-take on the budget as the state was about to enter a second straight year without a full spending plan come Friday. The bill now heads to the Senate, where approval is expected later Thursday.
<irony>Wow, they wasted not a moment in putting together another short-term fix. Great job, everyone!</irony>


4:07 p.m.: And now the Senate has approved it, 54–0.

Related reading
All OCA Illinois budget crisis posts (Pinboard)

[“Illinois, Illinois”: from the state song. To be sung in a minor key.]

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