Gov. Rauner Likely to Deny $5 Billion Dollar Federal Funding Due to Madigan “Poison Pill” in Legislature

(AP) What began as a bipartisan effort to distribute $5 billion in federal funds, and keep some Illinois programs afloat despite a budget stalemate, appeared Tuesday to be headed for a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner amid a continuing financing feud with Democrats in the General Assembly. The plan before the House to cut loose available federal funding – providing nutrition for low-income women and babies and energy-bill assistance for the poor – got an overhaul. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan pumped into the Senate-approved initiative an additional $1.4 billion, including about $750 million in state spending authority. The state money is a deal-breaking “poison pill” inviting a total veto, Rauner’s office announced hours before a House committee endorsed the idea on 10-1 vote, with four GOP members voting “present” in protest.