Dueling Banjos on the Budget Battle

State Capitol:  This afternoon, after a full day of no floor votes on a budget, Speaker Madigan issued the following statement:

“I am encouraged by the progress we continue to make with Leader Durkin and the other leaders.  Building on this progress and Friday’s overwhelmingly bipartisan budget vote, the House will be voting Sunday on a revenue package that is modeled on the bill supported by the governor, and House and Senate Republicans in their recent announcement of their budget blueprint, and ensures a balanced budget for our state.”

In his statement on the on-going budget battle, House Republican Leader, Jim Durkin issues his statement:

“There is no agreement on a comprehensive budget package that includes reforms and revenue. This impasse can only be resolved in a negotiated manner. It is our hope that Democrats will remain at the negotiating table,”