Illinois Budget Action on Hold for Atleast Two Weeks

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

She wants to stop court ordered payments to state employees as a way of pressuring lawmakers to pass a budget.

After all, it's their constitutional duty to enact a balanced budget.

Phelps also recently supported Senate Bill 2051, which would have provided a full year's funding for MAP grants and other essential services that the state's most vulnerable residents rely on. That could all change if a St. Clair County judge accepts Lisa Madigan's legal arguments.

"With a new legislative session now under way, this is an appropriate time to ask the Circuit Court to reconsider", Madigan said. The filing notes that the stopgap spending plan that funded state operations from July through December didn't include pay for state workers because of the earlier court order. The court order has been in place throughout the stalemate and has been a key factor that's kept state government largely functioning during the standoff between Rauner and Madigan's father, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

In a statement, Madigan wrote that the preliminary injunction filed in 2016 to continue state workers' pay "has removed much of the urgency for the Legislature and the governor to act on a budget".

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Rauner said Madigan's move could create some pain for workers and taxpayers.

"That is by no means a statement that we are backing off this effort", Radogno said. "Please do not take steps to disrupt the senate's work".

Still, AFSCME is "shocked and extremely disappointed" with Madigan for filing the motion, Lindall said. Our people of the state need our state employees to continue working.

"Due to Gov. Rauner's abdication of his constitutional executive duties, our state finances continue to be managed nearly wholly by court orders and judge edicts", Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said in a statement.

In a similar release, Comptroller Susana Mendoza stated that the court has been asked to delay responding to this request so that the Governor's Office can prepare a budget and submit it to the General Assembly.