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Cullerton, Madigan Come To Budget Agreement, Will Revisit Revenue After Election

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  Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he's come to an agreement on state spending with the speaker of the Illinois House. But Cullerton is leaving the door open for an income tax hike after the November election.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he's come to an agreement with House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) on the budget. But, as Hannah Meisel reports, Cullerton says revenues will be revisited after the November election.

PresidentCullertonsays he met with House Speaker Michael Madigan Wednesday and came to an agreement on the state spending plan the House pushed through earlier this week. That budget keeps state spending relatively flat. Though Democratic leadership gave up on extending the 2011 income tax hike past its scheduled expiration, the budget avoids massive cuts by shuffling around funds and putting off payments to vendors.

It's taken years to dig just halfway out of the state's deadbeat payment cycle, but this will exacerbate the problem.

Cullerton indicated this budget may not survive much past the November election anyway. He said lawmakers will have to find some way to fill the massive hole caused by the expiration of the tax hike.

"We're going to have to," he said. "That's what our point was from the start. Because this budget will show that there's many unmet needs."

Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) "possibly thousands" of layoffs in state government.

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Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She previously covered the statehouse for The Daily Line and Law360, and also worked a temporary stint at the political blog Capitol Fax in 2018.