Phil and I are meeting with legislators on the budget and community integration today.

Yesterday, Arc Staff met with Ligas Court Monitor for a training day.

Budget talks seem stalled with looming budget deadline scheduled for May 31st. After
May 31st, a super majority will be required to pass any legislation including a new state



GOP accuses Democrats of holding up talks on 2016 budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Republicans are accusing majority Democrats of
preventing progress on a new state budget by not seriously negotiating on GOP Gov.
Bruce Rauner’s pro-business agenda.

Republican leaders Sen. Christine Radogno and Rep. Jim Durkin said Tuesday that
Democrats have essentially walked away from talks about Rauner priorities such as
freezing property taxes and reducing workers’ compensation costs.

They say that could mean the Legislature and Rauner won’t be able to agree on a
budget by end of session May 31. That outcome would force a summer overtime session.

Democrats called the claims untrue.

Rikeesha Phelon is spokeswoman for Democratic Senate President John Cullerton. She
says lawmakers have a constitutional duty to pass a budget and the process shouldn’t be
“held hostage” by Rauner’s agenda.

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Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
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