Illinois begins new fiscal year with no budget

Illinois lawmakers are beginning the 2016 fiscal year without a budget. The General Assembly couldn’t agree on a deal yesterday in order to avoid a possible government shutdown.  Governor Rauner told a group of workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday morning that the situation was a “mess” and he hopes the state could fix the problem promptly.
Meanwhile, Democrats in Springfield are trying to provide a temporary solution for the budget crisis.  They are proposing a two-point-two-billion-dollar one-month budget that would fund select essential services.  The measure could be put to a vote today but it is not certain it will be approved by both the Legislature and Governor Rauner.