WSIL – Lawmakers will meet in Springfield on Wednesday, just two days before the start of the next fiscal year, after top Democrats called a special session to compromise on a stopgap measure.
After the end of regular session, Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan said House members would meet every Wednesday, but until now he has canceled every week.
This time is different because not only is Madigan calling in the House but Democratic Senate President John Cullerton is telling senators to meet at the Capitol, too.
State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, said lawmakers will be meeting on Wednesday. It is not a false alarm. He said working groups are getting things done. Bradley is the only southern Illinois lawmaker on one of those groups and has said he is working for the whole area.
“This is a crisis, but let’s get as much funding, at some level, that we can. And that’s what I continue to advocate for, work towards in these meetings. I hope we can reach some kind of understanding on that next week,” Bradley said.
Bradley said he is hoping there will be a vote.
Since the proposal will be a stopgap measure and not an actual budget, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner might not get the reform he has been wanting. And Bradley said Rauner better not ruin all of their hard work.
“I would make this very clear. Don’t try to stick the turnaround agenda on at the last minute. Alright, you’ve not been talking about it,” Bradley said. “Don’t screw this thing up, the progress that’s been made, at the last minute.”
Rauner did tell media on Thursday that negotiations are coming along but he will not approve a bailout for Chicago Public Schools and Bradley, said that is not something he wants, either.
“I don’t know if that rhetoric is helpful in getting votes up north, but we’re not interested in bailing out CPS,” Bradley said.
A Bradley spokesman said lawmakers believe they will find some compromise and will hang around in Springfield longer than just Wednesday.