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Democratic leaders are in a bruising battle with Gov. Rauner over the budget and the future of the state. But looming over the summer session in Springfield is a possible government shutdown if there's no budget agreement by the end of June. There's an approximate $4 billion hole in the current version of the spending plan. And with partisan rhetoric at a fever pitch, is compromise even possible? Here to give us the latest on the negotiations and issues is Senate President John Cullerton.

Watch the Senate President's appearance on Chicago Tonight HERE.

The Illinois Constitution requires the governor to prepare and submit a state budget to the General Assembly. By law, the governor must present his recommended budget to the General Assembly no later than the third Wednesday in February each year. According to the Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability, “appropriation bills require an immediate effective date in order to be available for expenditure at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1.” If the General Assembly does not approve a budget bill on or before May 31, a three-fifths vote is required in order for the bill to take effect immediately.

Last Friday, the Rauner administration issued a statement outlining the additional steps it will take to prepare for the Madigan-Cullerton budget, which is nearly $4 billion short for fiscal year 2016 that begins July 1. Earlier this month, the Rauner administration detailed steps it would take in response to the budget passed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, and their caucuses.


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Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) today welcomed to Springfield a group of Chicago youth who biked for three days, 210 miles from Chicago to Springfield.

The Bikes and Roses cycling team, led by low-income youth from Albany Park, Belmont-Cragin, and North Austin began their 3rd annual “Shift Gears Illinois” bike tour last Saturday to once again call on Governor Rauner to pass a budget investing in education, after school programs and youth jobs.

Martinez praised the group’s commitment to their education and to improving their communities.

“It is important that we show the governor and his administration that this budget is critical, that the MAP grants and summer jobs are essential,” she said. “Youth programs such as Bikes and Roses, are excellent examples of how the state can address the violence and poverty in our communities.”

You can view Martinez's remarks below.

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Illinois has unfortunately gone two years without a complete budget. Gov. Bruce Rauner has a chance to do his job tomorrow and put an end to the state’s suffering.

The Illinois Senate has been working on a balanced budget plan that funds higher education and human services. Now it’s time to see a balanced budget plan from the governor, which he hasn’t presented in two years but is required to do.

The governor is scheduled to deliver his budget speech at noon and unveil his plan for the next state budget year, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

The Illinois Constitution requires the governor to propose a balanced budget.

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Senate Democrats react to Trumps First WeekSenate Democrats reacted to some of President Donald Trump’s more controversial acts during his first week in the White House, including a vow to “send in the Feds” to deal with the Chicago gun violence and an executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez of Chicago expressed disappointment in Gov. Bruce Rauner for failing to acknowledge the president’s anti-immigration plans in Wednesday’s state of the state address.

“If the governor would stand up for his constituents instead of remaining silent about Trump’s immigration plans, the people of Illinois would be better off,” Martinez said.

Evanston, Chicago and other Illinois cities are doing the right thing in vowing to stand strong against President Donald Trump’s efforts to shame and coerce them for offering sanctuary to immigrants, state Senator Daniel Biss said.

“President Trump’s actions this week are further evidence that he lacks a moral compass,” said Biss, an Evanston Democrat, in denouncing the president’s executive order pledging to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities around the nation.

Senator Patricia Van Pelt of Chicago sharply criticized Rauner for his comments on Chicago in the wake of Trump’s incendiary tweets about the city’s gun violence.

“Gov. Rauner may have touted his work on criminal justice reform, but his recent comments calling Chicago the murder capital and his refusal to stand up to President Trump, rather than actually investing in programs that would help reduce crime in Chicago, speaks volumes,” she said.

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