Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state's four legislative leaders participated in a budget meeting Tuesday, the first such gathering between the officials since May.
Illinois has been without a budget since July 1, the start of the 2016 fiscal year. Rauner and Democratic lawmakers have yet to reach an agreement on a new state spending plan.
At Tuesday's meeting, the officials gave public remarks before going into a private session. As widely expected, the meeting did not produce a budget agreement, but the leaders do reportedly want to have additional discussions in the near future.
During public comments, the leaders did not do much budging from their original positions on how to tackle the budget.
Rauner, a Republican, is trying to win items on his "turnaround agenda" through the budgeting process. Some of those items include workers' compensation reforms, a property tax freeze and limits on collective bargaining. Rauner wants reforms implemented before considering new revenues. Democrats, who have supermajorities in both chambers, oppose many of Rauner's proposals, especially those seeking to curb the power of unions.
At the meeting, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan again described Rauner's proposals to weaken labor unions as "extreme," while Republican House Leader Jim Durkin blasted Democrats for approving unbalanced budgets over 12 years. Durkin argued the unbalanced budgets have negatively impacted the state's fiscal condition and business environment.
Rauner, meanwhile, pressed for passage of his proposal to give local governments greater control over collective bargaining as well as measures seeking to install term limits in Illinois and change the way legislative maps are drawn in the state.
"Our politicians pick the voters, our voters don't pick the politicians," Rauner stated.
Madigan responded, "Term limits and redistricting are Republican campaign issues for November 2016" and should not be tied to the budgeting process.
After the meeting, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno added, "When it comes to actual brass tacks, there's no progress."
On Wednesday, however, a deal was reached on legislation to disburse $3.1 billion in funds for municipalities, lottery winners, emergency dispatch centers, domestic violence shelters, the Secretary of State's office and Choose Chicago, which handles the city's tourism efforts. The funding measure, which has Rauner's support, cleared the House by a 107-1 vote. It now heads to the Senate for consideration next Monday.