SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – House Speaker Michael Madigan has rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner’s idea to give the Republican executive sole budget-cutting authority.
The Chicago Democrat says Rauner’s conservative agenda is too “extreme” to trust him with that power. Lawmakers gave similar authority in the past to former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.
Madigan favors Rauner’s idea for expanded school spending, but says it should include money for community college and needs-based tuition grants which Rauner has rejected. He questioned whether House Republicans would support Rauner’s separate spending authority.
Christine Radogno is minority leader of the Senate. The Lemont Republican told reporters separate education funding legislation would be “piecemeal” budgeting Rauner opposes, but that education is Springfield lawmakers’ top priority and parents of schoolchildren have to have certainty about opening the classrooms.