After Tuesday morning's meeting between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois legislative leaders, the policymakers agreed to create another working group that will discuss the governor's "Turnaround Agenda" items.
"It was a good meeting because the governor indicated he was supportive of revenue to balance the budget, and we are going to have working groups on his reforms," said Senate President John Cullerton.
House Speaker Michael Madigan said he would appoint individuals to the new working group focused on reforms. However, in a statement after the meeting, Madigan said Rauner remains insistent on "passing his personal agenda before further discussions on a comprehensive state budget could take place."
"The governor's continued insistence on passage of his agenda that hurts the middle class is a clear indication he is not interested in passing and implementing comprehensive, full-year budgets that do not decimate needed services relied upon by the people of Illinois," Madigan said.
After the meeting, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) said Madigan suggested he was open to discussing collective bargaining changes as well as workers' compensation and pension reforms.
"Those are the key to breaking the impasse," Durkin stated.