It was the infighting between Senate and House Democrats that blocked passage of a state budget during the last hours of the spring legislative session Tuesday night.
As the midnight adjournment deadline neared, the Senate voted down Speaker Mike Madigan’s state budget plan with only 17 yes votes. Then House Democrats helped defeated the Senate Democrats bill that would have funded grade schools and high schools, giving Chicago Public Schools about $475 million more and increasing elementary and secondary education statewide by $900 million. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) encouraged a no vote on the bill in the House, so members could continue working on the budget impasse.
Only 24 House members voted in favor of the measure with 92 voting against it.