Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez urged Governor Rauner to sign the Senate's balanced budget into law after the Senate approved it on July 4. 

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The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute produced a video recap of Latino Legislative Civic Education Day, held at the Capitol on April 4, 2017. You can view the video below.

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Democratic leaders are in a bruising battle with Gov. Rauner over the budget and the future of the state. But looming over the summer session in Springfield is a possible government shutdown if there's no budget agreement by the end of June. There's an approximate $4 billion hole in the current version of the spending plan. And with partisan rhetoric at a fever pitch, is compromise even possible? Here to give us the latest on the negotiations and issues is Senate President John Cullerton.

Watch the Senate President's appearance on Chicago Tonight HERE.

The Illinois Constitution requires the governor to prepare and submit a state budget to the General Assembly. By law, the governor must present his recommended budget to the General Assembly no later than the third Wednesday in February each year. According to the Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability, “appropriation bills require an immediate effective date in order to be available for expenditure at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1.” If the General Assembly does not approve a budget bill on or before May 31, a three-fifths vote is required in order for the bill to take effect immediately.

Last Friday, the Rauner administration issued a statement outlining the additional steps it will take to prepare for the Madigan-Cullerton budget, which is nearly $4 billion short for fiscal year 2016 that begins July 1. Earlier this month, the Rauner administration detailed steps it would take in response to the budget passed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, and their caucuses.


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may31 presser rAfter shouldering the responsibility of crafting and passing a balanced budget last week, Senate Democrats expressed their frustration today that the governor and the House refused to finalize a deal to bring stability back to Illinois.

“The Senate Democrats have acted responsibly over the past five months,” State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) said. “We’ve passed major bills that the governor has both asked for and demanded in some cases. Along with that, we have advanced a budget to the House that lives within the governor’s spending limits that he put forward.”

The Senate Democrats’ balanced budget includes a mix of $3 billion in cuts and reductions to government spending, an increase in revenues and a host of reforms.

In addition to closing the nearly $5 billion hole in Gov. Rauner’s introduced budget, the Senate Democrats’ budget includes millions of dollars for human services and education – two vital areas that continue to suffer as the governor holds the state hostage.

“We stand very firm and proud of the fact that we did what we believed to be the right thing, which was to pass a fully funded budget which addresses things we’ve heard about for two years now,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. ” The cost of chaos is something you can’t manage.”

The budget provides the highest level of investment for colleges and universities they’ve seen in two years. It also restores funding for college grant (MAP) funding that Gov. Rauner slashed and would ensure public schools can open in the fall, with $330 million in additional funding, plus $35 million for after-school programs and advanced placement classes.

A variety of human service programs eliminated by the governor would be restored, including: autism support, youth employment, Teen Reach, community youth services, immigrant services and addiction prevention services.

“It’s time for the governor to do his job,” State Senator Don Harmon (D – Oak Park) said. “We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the governor to do his job and all he does is campaign. It’s time to govern.”

“We now need the governor and the House to join in and get a balanced budget. We in the Senate did our jobs. We passed a balanced budget. We now need everyone to step up and do their jobs,” State Senator Heather Steans (D – Chicago) said.

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