( KTRS ) Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to deliver his annual budget address to state lawmakers as Illinois enters its eighth month without a spending plan for the current year.
The standoff with majority Democrats over the budget – and what Rauner proposes to do to resolve it – will likely overshadow many of the initiatives the Republican governor plans to unveil Wednesday. He will be calling for more funding for public schools. But without a budget plan it remains to be seen how he will make that happen.
Illinois faces a roughly $5 billion budget deficit this year, and its unpaid bill backlog could reach almost $26 billion by 2020 if current revenue and spending policies continue.