Governor Bruce Rauner's recent social service cuts announced after a deal was reached to close a budget gap is leading to more scrutiny of the next budget. House Speaker Michael Madigan has announced the creation of a special House budget oversight panel to closely examine recent budget decisions made by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Madigan says a central theme will be determining what the Governor continues to be non-essential spending. Madigan agrees spending cuts are needed to fix the state's debt issues but he also .says its the duty of lawmakers to protect Illinois' most vulnerable citizens, including children with autism, persons with developmental disabilities and lower-income women in need of breast cancer screenings. The budget review panel will hold its first meeting Tuesday morning.