House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, and Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, talk on the Senate floor Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Senate has OK’d an annual spending plan of $36 billion following a critical vote to raise the income tax rate. If approved by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, it would be Illinois’ first budget in more than two years. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) (Associated Press)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Latest on the Illinois Legislature’s action to address the nation’s longest state budget stalemate (all times local):
The Illinois House has adjourned without taking action on budget veto overrides that awaits it. There was not a quorum present to conduct business on the Fourth of July holiday.
The House didn’t convene until late Tuesday because the focus of the state’s two-year budget crisis was on the Senate.
The Senate approved a budget package that spends $36 billion on the strength of a $5 billion increase in the income tax. Rauner vetoed the package, but the Senate quickly voted to override, sending the legislation to the House.
Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago said shortly after the Senate action that there would be no House activity Tuesday, but he did not explain why and his spokesman couldn’t say.
Only 54 members answered the House quorum call. That prohibited lawmakers from taking action.
The only Senate Republican to vote for an income tax increase says he is most concerned about the “fiscal stability of our state.”
Sen. Dale Righter is a Republican from Mattoon (meh-TOON’). His vote gave the Senate the 36 supermajority it needed to pass a $5 billion tax increase. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it, but Righter joined with Democrats to override the veto as well.
The budget plan Democrats approved includes more than $2 billion in spending reductions. Righter says he would have preferred more cuts but “in a Democrat-majority legislature, this is as good as we can get.”
Righter’s district is home to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Illinois universities have had their budgets cut to the bone and face a loss of academic accreditation.
The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a $36 billion budget plan and $5 billion income tax increase.
The Democratic-controlled chamber acted within 30 minutes Tuesday of the Republican governor’s vetoes.
The vote was 36-19 to override legislation to increase the personal income tax rate by 32 percent.
It supports a $36 billion spending plan that Rauner also vetoed. The Senate voted 39-15 to reverse that vote.
House Speaker Michael Madigan — a Chicago…