Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four Illinois legislative leaders plan to meet late Tuesday morning during the eleventh month of the state budget impasse.
It will be the second such meeting this year between Rauner and the legislative leaders.
With the current legislative session set to end May 31, the governor and Democratic state lawmakers have yet to agree on a budget that should have taken effect last July. After May 31, a budget would require a three-fifths majority vote in both chambers to pass.
Last week, a working group of Illinois legislators presented a budget outline, including ideas for raising revenue and making spending cuts. The blueprint did not contain the pro-business, anti-union reforms Rauner is seeking.
Rauner is "cautiously optimistic" that a "grand compromise" budget deal with his proposed "structural reforms" can soon be reached.
"I'm hearing favorable reports from various members of the General Assembly that there are productive negotiations going on among different legislators in both parties about reforms we can get together," Rauner stated last week. "I'm cautiously optimistic that some progress is being made. The idea is to use this window of opportunity between now and May 31 to get a grand compromise, get reforms, get a truly balanced budget."
For his part, House Speaker Michael Madigan wrote an op-ed over the weekend in the State Journal-Register, saying the governor should set "aside his personal agenda that hurts middle-class families."
"While House Democrats' priority has been to pass a comprehensive, full-fiscal year budget using a balanced approach that includes spending cuts but does not decimate needed services, Gov. Rauner's priority puts his personal agenda first and attacks the wages and standard of living of the middle class," Madigan wrote. "His insistence on passing his personal agenda has been the single roadblock to finding a true bipartisan budget solution."