Illinois Special Session
We enter out third day of special session today. Nothing is expected until Monday when Senate Majority Leader Cullerton has said he will forward SB 1 to the Governor. Leader Cullerton has been asking for the Governor to host a meeting of leadership to talk through a compromise instead of having the Governor use his amendatory veto of the Chicago pension payment component of the bill. Governor Rauner has been demanding they send the bill to him.
If/when Governor Rauner vetos segments of SB 1, lawmakers can agree with those changes (unlikely), let the measure die by not agreeing, or try to override the veto. It is not clear if either house has enough support for SB 1 to override in the current form. Remember in the budget bill, school funding was only to be released if a school reform bill is passed. The pressure is on! Here is an Springfield Journal Register article.
FY 18 Budget Implementation
We do have a budget for FY 18 which includes a wage increase and funding for DD grants. However, implementation of the budget has been slow because it seems departments are waiting for direction and recommendations from the Governor’s Office on Management and Budget. GOMB is waiting for directions from the new leadership in the Governor’s office. Remember following the override of the budget veto, Governor Rauner fired numerous staff including his chief of staff. Additionally other leadership has announced their resignations. All the turnover has slowed the recommendations to GOMB, which in term has slowed their recommendations for implementation.
DHS is supposed to have a recommendation for implementation of the wage increase by 30 days after the budget passage which would be August 6. The Arc is working with other coalition partners to get information about DHS’ thinking on the implementation. We will let you know as soon as we hear something.
This stands also with the DD grants (TAP, Life Span, Epilepsy and Best Buddies among others). We have not heard yet whether the Governor’s office will release the funds and/or when contracts will be created. More on this next week!