Politico Illinois Playbook: Lawmakers Call for a Revolt

We’ve now passed the 90-day mark without a state budget. With bill backlogs, a mounting deficit, and social services headed for a free-fall, General Assembly members are talking revolt. There’s mounting pressure for Gov. Bruce Rauner to call a special session and keep members in the capital – not for one day a week like this summer – but for as long as it takes to cut a grand bargain.

“This has gone on long enough. It’s time for the members to rise up and demand action,” Republican state Rep. David McSweeney tells POLITICO. “I think the governor should call a special session. Bring us back until we agree on a budget.”

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“It's outrageous we won’t have anything until January. We’re trashing our state,” McSweeney tells POLITICO. “Right now, we’re funding a broken pension fully and we're not funding sick children. It’s backwards. I didn’t run for office … for this.”

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