For the first time in Governor Bruce Rauner’s tenure, Illinois Lawmakers have sent a full, complete and on time budget to the governor's desk.
The budget passed through Springfield on Thursday with flying colors thanks to bipartisan compromise that saw both sides of the aisle working together to get an on time budget passed in the waning hours of the legislative session. It is the first on time budget since 2014 in the state of Illinois.
95th district state representative Avery Bourne of Litchfield says that while passing the budget on time is a good first step, passing a balanced budget is even more important to her.
Bourne says that while passing the budget on time for the first time in her legislative career is an accomplishment, it should be expected and not celebrated.
The budget now heads to the governor’s desk where Bourne says she is hopeful that Govenor Rauner will sign the budget into law.
The budget, totalling 38.5 billion of spending, passed by a 54-2 in the state senate and a 97-18 vote in the House.