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.