SPRINGFIELD – Business friendly reforms in exchange for a tax hike: that’s the message Governor Bruce Rauner has for the Illinois Legislature.
Rauner pledged to put aside his disdain for tax increases and approve one only if lawmakers approve his pro-business reforms.
However, Democrats say Rauner’s plans for restricting liability lawsuit awards and workers’ compensation go against their “core beliefs.”
The 2016 budget year began July 1 without an agreement.
Cook County Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled Tuesday that without a budget, only some state workers covered under a federal law will be paid.
The Rauner administration, the comptroller's office and the state's largest public employee union almost immediately appealed the decision.