Syverson: Republicans offer real compromise and chance to end impasse

Springfield- Republicans from both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have unveiled a complete package of compromise measures which could be the next step toward ending the current budget impasse, according to State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford).

“These bills represent a return to where we were in negotiations before Democrats walked away from the table,” said Senator Dave Syverson. “This is about things that we can agree on and how we can move forward toward a real resolution.”

The Republican bills offer a balanced budget with spending caps, workers compensation reform to grow jobs, real property tax relief for families, school funding reform, and term limits for legislative leaders.

Part of the proposal includes accepting bills already passed by the Senate, such as local government consolidation and pension reform. In addition, Senator Syverson says that resolution to the budget would help to move other outstanding legislation, including a gaming expansion bill that hasn’t been taken up by the House.

“Not only is the budget impasse holding up government operations and human service programs, it has blocked progress on legislation like our gaming expansion bill,” said Senator Syverson. “A Rockford casino would add millions to our local economy immediately.”

After Republicans unveiled the plan on Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday called the General Assembly in for a special session covering the last 10 days of the month.

“I am thankful that our Governor called us in for a special session; we should be in Springfield working on these proposals right now,” said Senator Syverson. “I look forward to taking these bills up immediately, and I remain hopeful that Democrats will join us in these good faith negotiations.”

The Special Session is schedule to run from June 21st through June 30th, the end of the current fiscal year.

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