Getting a budget deal hammered out in Illinois this year was a history making finish to a vicious game of gridlock. While Illinois is exhaling somewhat with a spending blueprint in place, the approach of a new calendar year means soon Governor Rauner will talk about his budget vision for the coming fiscal year. Repulblican State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington is hopeful a more productive conservation can be had in 2018.
Rauner hasn't embraced the budget deal reached last year. In October, he cut 200 million dollars from the budget passed by lawmakers and has continued to call the spending plan out of balance.