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Illinois Senate cancels budget votes leader blames Rauner

The state's grand bargain took a major hit in the Senate Wednesday night. It's the longest a USA state has gone without an annual spending plan in almost a century. Today come the more complicated votes, like cutting government pensions, freezing property taxes, and raising income taxes.

"Hopefully, overnight, people can reflect on what's at stake here", Cullerton said.

Senate President John Cullerton (D) blamed Governor Bruce Rauner (R) for the holdup.

Democrats even claimed that Governor Rauner was calling Republican Senators and threatening them to vote against this package, however Republicans deny that claim. Cullerton used a procedure that allows him to recall it, but he didn't say when. For instance, they said they were willing to consider a two-year property tax freeze and give local voters the option to extend it by three years. "It's important that we have enough spending cuts to say to the taxpayers of Illinois, 'If we're going to have to accept a tax increase, there's a reasonable justification for it".

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The tax hike in particular has prompted a couple of conservative activists to attack Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno. Several misfires and unsatisfactory votes later, both sides finally see progress. But their fears should be tempered by knowing Cullerton has tied all the pieces together, said Assistant Republican Leader Dave Syverson of Rockford. "Sure, if one of them doesn't pass then they all fail".

"Some members thought that maybe by holding off on doing this today, it would put pressure on the leadership to get the rest of it finalized", Syverson said. The chamber passed some of the bills on Tuesday.

Instead, she sent a prepared statement saying while the administration appreciates the Senate's efforts, "more work is needed to achieve a good deal for taxpayers". The Senate plan would limit the freeze to two years. "We need to get this done and done soon". They approved streamlining state purchasing and giving cities more control over tax revenue.

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