An Illinois House session scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.
House Speaker Michael Madigan announced the session's cancelation on Tuesday, citing budget work being done by legislative working groups.
"The bipartisan working groups of legislators will meet three times this week, continuing their efforts to achieve a compromise on the state budget," Madigan said. "Governor Rauner has been supportive of these groups' efforts, and I agree with his recent comments that until there is a compromise budget, lawmakers should not be brought back to Springfield.
"The working groups' efforts should be allowed to move forward, continue their progress toward compromise, and work to end the budget impasse as soon as possible."
This is the third House session Madigan has canceled since the regular Illinois legislative session ended May 31 without a budget agreement. The state has been operating without a full spending plan in place since last July.
Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Steven Yaffe took aim at Madigan for canceling Wednesday's House session.
"It's become painfully obvious that Mike Madigan's declaration that the House will remain 'in continuous session' and meet each Wednesday was a lie. Madigan is hiding behind the working groups because he is afraid that rank-and-file Democrats actually want to compromise and work with their Republican colleagues," Yaffe said. "If Madigan were interested in getting a deal done before the election, he would call legislators back to session immediately. Instead, he has decided that holding school children, government operations and prisons hostage is okay if it means he can force a massive tax increase and a bailout of CPS [Chicago Public Schools] with no reform. Madigan has driven Illinois into the ground for three decades - it appears he is content to do that for yet another year."