CHICAGO — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers back to the Capitol for the final 10 days of June to work on breaking the historic, two-year budget impasse.
The governor took to social media Thursday to announce he’ll call a special legislative session, a move that compels lawmakers to show up at the Capitol, but also allows them to collect a per diem of $111 per day plus 39 cents per mile.
The Democrat-controlled General Assembly left Springfield on May 31 without agreeing on a spending plan to send to Rauner for the budget year that begins July 1.
“Everyone needs to get serious and get to work,” said Rauner, who has not been out in public this week but released a Facebook video touting his decision. “To ease the minds of parents with school-age children, to reassure people in need, to help our colleges and universities, to grow jobs and bring relief to hardworking taxpayers.”
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan issued a statement saying his members have worked to compromise with Rauner “without hurting middle-class families…but he has refused to do so.”
“House Democrats will continue our work on the budget from Springfield, but as Gov. Rauner has met each of our attempts to date with refusal, it’s clear that the onus is on the governor to show that he is finally serious about working in good faith to end the crisis he has manufactured,” Madigan said in a statement.
Madigan and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton had left the door open to return to the Capitol at some point in June but hadn’t said as of Thursday when…
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