Speaker Madigan and his supermajority called two bills (SB 2990 and HB 648) Thursday afternoon which purported to be a compromise measure funding higher education and other services in Illinois.
The House voted 70-43 to approve the spending bill of $3.7 and 61-52 on a companion measure that would cancel a requirement that the state repay $454 million borrowed from special funds to plug holes in last year’s budget. During floor debate, State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) said residents of Illinois are tired of the dysfunction under the dome.
House Republicans argue that the measures will just add to the state’s ballooning backlog of unpaid bills.
Following the vote on these two bills, House Republicans made a motion for a vote to return to work on Friday in an attempt to negotiate on the state budget, but Democrat leadership ruled the motion out of order. The Speaker then moved to adjourn until April 4th, a full month from today.