(AP) – Illinois lawmakers finished their spring session without a budget and with little hope that the Democrats’ 11-month standoff with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner over a spending plan will end any time soon.
Democrats who control both chambers of the Legislature spent the last chaotic hours of the session Tuesday trying to rush bills to the finish line and failed to come up with a viable budget proposal.
The Senate overwhelmingly rejected the House’s $40 billion budget plan that was out-of-balance by $7 billion. Shortly thereafter, the House returned the favor and defeated the Senate’s $16 billion education budget by a large margin.
Democrats say they’ll work with Rauner to find a short-term budget that gets the state to the end of the year. Rauner called the session a “stunning failure.”