Bickering over state budget picks up as deadline looms - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Bickering over state budget picks up as deadline looms

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SPRINGFIELD -- With a crucial legislative deadline just a few days away, political bickering over the state budget is heating up.

Gov. Bruce Rauner released a campaign ad, criticizing the Senate for not passing a property tax freeze, which he says must be part of any budget that lands on his desk.

"It's a stunning failure again by Senate Democrats passing a massive tax hike without passing true lasting property tax relief," Rauner says in the ad.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, J.B. Pritzker, unveiled a new mascot called "Tick Tock the Budget Clock." The mascot trolled Rauner at a press conference Friday morning.

State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, said he is disappointed the Senate adjourned for Memorial Day weekend without passing a bipartisan budget.

Not a single Republican voted for the budget the Senate passed on Tuesday.

"The state's in crisis mode and will continue to be in crisis mode until we come in and pass good, solid legislation," said Fowler. "But I'm optimistic. I'm going to continue to be optimistic that we can put this state back in the order that it needs to be."

State Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Murphysboro, is also optimistic. 

"If the sides keep negotiating I think we can get a deal," said Schimpf. "One of the things that I'm learning is that stuff can happen very quickly here. Stuff can change almost instantaneously."

The House took no action on the Senate's budget plan. It's unclear when they will happen.

The House will reconvene on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Senate will reconvene on Monday at 12 p.m.

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