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Rauner's budget shows department increases

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WSIL – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his second state budget address on Wednesday at the capitol.

While he avoided specifics during his speech, the actual budget shows some increases in spending.

Speaker of the House Michael Madigan called the governor out on his lack of direction in his speech.

“There was an absence of facts concerning what his budget would say. You know, it was a pretty general speech. That was his decision and we’ll go forward,” Madigan said.

Rauner’s main concern in the speech was pointed at the legislature, pleading for agreements for the residents of the state.

“The people of Illinois are sick and tired of this. They want us to work together, not watch another pointless cycle of votes and vetoes,” Rauner said.

And the governor was sure to point out the problem with the budget did not just start when he took office.

“The truth is, we haven’t had a truly balanced budget in Illinois for decades. In ways both obvious and hidden, we’ve overspent,” he said.

But instead of the normal funding-slashes Rauner likes to insist on, the fiscal year 2017 budget shows some increases.

Last year, Rauner wanted to cut spending to The Department of Corrections. This year, he has proposed $52,000 more than he did last year.

If that happens, Corrections would receive $145,000 more than it did in years 2014 and 2015.

And another big department for southern Illinois is The Department of Agriculture, which could also see a small boost.

This year’s proposal is almost $5,000 more than he proposed last year, bringing funding levels up $16,000 from the last time there was a budget.

However, Madigan indicated there is a long way to go before anything can be finalized.

“We really haven’t begun the intricate details of the budget making process,” Madigan said.  

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