Legislation that would authorize $3.8 billion in state spending for human services is expected to go before an Illinois House committee on Thursday. The funds would be used to help the services continue during the ongoing budget stalemate.
The spending bill, which has already cleared the Illinois Senate, also authorizes funding for Illinois lottery prizes and would provide municipalities with overdue fuel tax funds. Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto the spending bill. His administration says the bill would lead to an unbalanced budget and does not address items on the governor's pro-business, anti-union "Turnaround Agenda."
When House lawmakers reconvene Thursday, they are also expected to debate Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to expand the homeowner exemption in the city. The proposal is an effort to shield individuals whose property is worth no more than $250,000 from the record $543 million property tax hike he presented to the city council on Tuesday.
UPDATE (6:39 p.m.): By a 7-0 vote, the House Executive Committee passed the $3.8 billion spending bill on Thursday. It now needs approval from the full House, though it is unclear when the chamber will consider it.
Also on Thursday, the House Revenue and Finance Committee held an informational hearing on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's homeowner exemption plan. No vote was taken on the proposal, which drew opposition from business organizations like the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.