Just yesterday, Madigan called Republican efforts to get lasting property tax relief an “extreme right-wing agenda.” Likewise, J.B. Pritzker regularly refers to good government reforms like term limits, fair maps, and property tax relief as a “right wing Koch brother agenda.”
For decades, lawmakers in Illinois sold out the taxpayers – cutting raw deals with machine politicians and special interests that benefited themselves at our expense. But now we have a Governor who stands up for taxpayers and says no to the reckless spending.
Speaker Madigan – stop protecting your special interests and vote on a balanced budget.
You would think if they genuinely were frustrated by the lack of a state budget, as they ceaselessly pretend, they would protest. You would think these lawmakers, whose role as public servants is to put the interests of the state ahead of their own and their party's, would confront Madigan for snubbing every budget proposal out there, including the one from their Senate colleagues. You'd think they would be staging a coup, determined to put a stop to the nonsense and the inaction that threatens their political futures and, more important, Illinois' future.
They're not. No urgency.
On Day 2 of the Special Session, what will Mike Madigan do? Will he show up and get to work? Or will he stall because he has no plan to fix Illinois?
Yesterday, he chose stalling.
After Governor Rauner called for unity and compromise last evening, Democrats on day one of the special session were quick to let down Illinois.
Instead of debating a compromise plan to balance the budget and reform Illinois, House democrats adjourned after just 22 minutes.
And Mike Madigan didn’t even show up.
As lawmakers return to Springfield to work on passing a balanced budget with reforms to end the impasse, Rauner today released digital ads highlighting real stories of Illinoisans hurt by crippling high property taxes.
While Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the people of Illinois directly, pleading for compromise and unity amid an historic budget impasse, Democratic candidates for Governor and allies of Speaker Mike Madigan publicly refused to accept the Governor’s call. Instead of agreeing that it’s time to reform our state to end the budget impasse, Democrats attacked a plea to work together.