Group of Senators try to dig state out of budget deficit
The new committee will look at anything that might close a budget hole which is estimated at more than $9-billion.
Senate President John Cullerton calls the situation a "crisis" that may require both cuts and tax increases. The committee will ask constitutional officers, the governor's office and other agencies to weigh in on what the state should and shouldn't cut.
The committee will make its recommendations a week after Governor Pat Quinn proposes his budget plan March 18th.