House Speaker Mike Madigan is pushing a budget proposal today that creates a $7 billion deficit and requires revenues of nearly $39 billion. Balancing the phoniest of all phony budgets would require the highest tax rate in Illinois history.
“Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers say they support redistricting reform, but only the Democratic Party of Illinois, chaired by Mike Madigan, is fighting in court to prevent the people from voting on the Independent Maps amendment. It’s time Democrats denounce this lawsuit and demand that Mike Madigan drop it, or refuse support from Madigan’s Democratic Party of Illinois until he does so.”
“Instead of continuing to play politics by passing what is looking to be the phoniest budget in a years-long line of phony budgets, it’s time for General Assembly Democrats to get serious about doing what they were elected to do: serve the people and taxpayers of Illinois. Continuing to side with Mike Madigan in saying ‘no’ to every proposal and purposefully dragging the state down is irresponsible and reprehensible.” – GOP Spokesman Steven Yaffe
Illinois voters overwhelmingly support redistricting reform. A recent poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found that 64% of Illinois voters support having an independent commission draw district lines in the state.