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House property-tax freeze fails; Rauner says it’s not enough

Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner spent Tuesday talking about the same issue — relief from increasing local property taxes — but they talked past each other in a continuing deadlock over a state spending plan due by June 30.

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House advances workers’ comp bill, hosts heated debate

According to the Commercial News,  Illinois Democrats touted Thursday what they called a compromise over the budget impasse with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. But the plan they pushed through the House had no GOP support, and debate devolved into a heated exchange over a completely separate issue.
Lawmakers, who left town Sunday after approving a budget as much as $4 billion short on funds, returned to take up changes in workers’ compensation, one of the issues the first-term executive says is a must before he’ll discuss a tax increase to close the deficit. Rauner, however, had already dismissed the proposed changes as not as comprehensive as necessary. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Democrats adopted the plan on a party-line vote.
But it wasn’t workers’ compensation that sparked a scorching verbal volley at day’s end. It was a Rauner aide’s comments to lawmakers who earlier in the day questioned him about how Rauner is paying his $250,000-a-year education secretary.

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Illinois Senate to hold hearing on freezing property taxes

According to the Commercial News, The Illinois Senate will consider a proposed property tax freeze when the chamber reconvenes for the first time since the regular legislative session ended May 31.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton announced Friday the entire Senate will hear testimony on the issue Tuesday.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won’t approve a 2016 budget Democrats passed last month until legislators pass some of his pro-business agenda. That includes a property tax freeze.
Senate Democrats already have rejected Rauner-backed legislation that would permanently freeze property taxes and require voter approval to increase them. Democrats say the plan would hurt schools that rely on property taxes.
Majority Democrats also have scheduled a hearing on Rauner’s proposed cuts to a program that helps senior citizens and low-income residents pay their utility bills.

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