News

IL Senate President: Provide Plans, Not Platitudes for Budget

IL Senate President: Provide Plans, Not Platitudes for Budget

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The president of the Illinois Senate is inviting – daring – the Republican nominee for governor to offer input on the budget.

Gov. Pat Quinn will present his budget proposal to lawmakers on March 26 for a fiscal year that runs through mid-2015. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said today (Thursday) he also wants to hear from the Republican nominee, and we’ll know next week who that is.

“I want the Republican nominee to come to Springfield and tell us how would he balance this budget, since he wants to be the governor for half of that fiscal year,” Cullerton said.

Starting next year, the income tax rate will drop from 5 percent to 3.75, contributing to about half the estimated deficit of $3 billion. Cullerton says it’s fine if the Republican nominee wants to keep the tax cut as scheduled, but he should offer solutions in terms of how he would cut the necessary $3 billion to balance the budget.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Ailing Joey Kramer’s son joins Aerosmith on tour

kramer

Kramer's son Jesse who took over his dad's drum seat when the band hit the stage.

in Entertainment

Benedict Cumberbatch to voice tiger in ‘Jungle Book’

benedict

The "Sherlock" star has signed on for Warner Bros.' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's beloved adventure tale.

in Entertainment

At 91, Stan Lee continues to expand his ‘Universe’

stanlee

The comic book legend may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from interesting a new generation of children in super heroes.