House Speaker Mike Madigan says it was clear the number one problem in Illinois is the budget deficit.
He says that we can’t cut our way out of the current situation. He wants to see reforms but also increases in revenues. But the budget message that Bruce Rauner delivered was lacking on many facts.
The Governor wants full funding restored to K-12 education and a $75 million increase in early childhood. But then after reading the budget he is proposing a 25 percent cut to higher education funding. Madigan says the Governor was light on specifics but that was his choice.