Over the weekend, Illinois Democrats asked the federal government of $41-billion in federal government funding for coronavirus relief, including $15 billion in block grant funding to fill budget gaps over three years, $9.6 billion for local governments and $6 billion for Illinois’ unemployment insurance system.
State Senator Chapin Rose says the request was a poor decision as it was not the national taxpayers that dug Illinois the hole they're in.
Governor Pritzker nor Speaker Mike Madigan were involved in the construction of the letter according to Senate President Don Harmon. The Illinois Republican Pary on Twitter Sunday said quote "brazenly using a global pandemic as an excuse” to fix longtime financial problems.
Sen. Rose says lawmakers are currently meeting over Zoom trying to put together a budget. He says they won't know much about their revenues until July, well past their June 1 deadline for a budget.