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SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) reacted today following a series of votes in the Illinois House of Representatives to approve a partisan budget advanced by House Democrats that spends $4 Billion more than the state’s revenue projections:

“The most vulnerable individuals and families in Illinois need leaders who are willing to set politics aside and come together to achieve real budget solutions. What we witnessed today is a far cry from a spirit of cooperation and compromise. The majority party is jeopardizing essential services and not respecting taxpayers by passing a budget that, by their own admission, spends $4 Billion more than what the state can afford.”

SPRINGFIELD - Deputy Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and members of the House Republican Caucus stand outside the State Armory to observe a moment of silence in honor of Illinois' fallen soldiers this Memorial Day.

Budget – FY16
·         Despite deadline, Democrats again refuse to pass balanced budget for FY16.  The Illinois Constitution requires that the State annually pass a balanced budget in which revenues match mandated expenditures.  One way that Speaker Madigan has been Speaker for 32 of the past 34 years is by passing a series of unbalanced budgets, which have all spent money the State has not had.  He has curried favor with powerful interests and forced Republicans to be the villains whenever steps are taken to prevent the spending of imaginary money.

Strong rumors circulated on Friday, May 22 that Democrats were preparing another unbalanced budget for FY16, the fiscal year starting July 1, 2015.  This budget may get filed in the week starting Memorial Day, May 25.  This phony budget is expected to commit $4 billion that Illinois does not possess to the Democrats’ spending priorities.  Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed a different budget for Illinois and has strengthened his calls for the State’s government to live within its means.
Property Taxes
·         Trick bag; no property tax relief in sight.  Once again the Democrat-controlled House brought sham legislation to a vote for the sole purpose of putting Republican lawmakers in a trick bag and embarrassing the new Governor.

House Republicans have long worked to provide Illinoisans with much needed and deserved property tax relief. Each year members of the House Republican Caucus introduce legislation that would deliver property tax relief and each year the Democrats block those measures. The real roadblock to property tax relief has been the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.
By Mark Fitton
Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — Democrats and Republicans tussled again in the Illinois House on Wednesday as the Democrats continued to build a fiscal year 2016 human services budget without traditional negotiation.

Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) started the fireworks Wednesday afternoon as he introduced more floor amendments to an existing budget measure, House Bill 4141...

Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) argued that by committing $83 million to a particular cause at this point, the House was disregarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s funding priorities and might short programs and staffing elsewhere in state government — perhaps in other human services or in education, prisons or some other area...

Pensions – Illinois Supreme Court SB 1 Ruling
  • Illinois Supreme Court strikes down pension reform law.  On Friday, May 8, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed a lower circuit court ruling on State pension system reforms contained in SB 1 (P.A. 98-599).  In response to enactment of P.A. 98-599, five separate actions were filed in Cook County and Sangamon County courts to enjoin implementation of the pension reforms, claiming the reforms were unconstitutional due to a violation of the provision in the Illinois Constitution (Article XIII, Section 5) that asserts pensions are a contractual right and cannot be diminished or impaired. The five suits were subsequently consolidated into one action in Sangamon County Circuit Court.