Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 17, 2009

Senate president: Illinois lawmakers returning to work


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are headed back to Springfield to work on the state’s budget mess, despite a major split over how to proceed.

Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that the governor and legislative leaders have agreed to call the Legislature back into session next Tuesday.

But he says that’s the extent of the agreement. Republicans and Democrats are still split over whether to raise taxes to help avoid a possible $9.2 billion in budget cuts.

The Chicago Democrat calls it “unfortunate” that Republicans won’t support a tax increase even though the current budget expires in less than two weeks.

Republicans say they want more action on long-term changes in state spending before they’ll consider raising taxes.