House Democrats plan to roll out property-tax freeze plan

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Rauner has also insisted on changes to pensions and the way injured workers are compensated by employers, as well as term limits for certain state officials. They also said it's almost $3 billion less than will go out the door this year because of spending required by law and payments mandated by the courts even though the state has not had a budget for two year.

The $36.489 billion plan spends about $800 million dollars less than Governor Rauner's proposed budget plan of $37.316 billion, and is about $3 billion less than the state is now spending. I'm not saying it completely meets all the requests of the governor.

State lottery officials already have said that the multistate Powerball and Mega Millions games have threatened to leave if IL can't come up with a budget.

Democrats and Republicans are continuing to negotiate in Springfield as IL is approaching two years without a budget.

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate adjourned from the seventh day of special session after less than 11 total minutes between the two chambers.

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The plan comes after the four leaders met for a meeting Tuesday afternoon, upon leaving the meeting Senate President John Cullerton said was optimistic that a budget deal could be reached.

House Republican leader Jim Durkin yesterday said his focus is finding 30 Republican votes for a tax increase that is needed to get a state budget.

Lawmakers are scurrying because the new fiscal year begins Saturday. A spokesman for Durkin later declined specific comment on Zalewski's legislation, saying only it was being reviewed. State operations, such as employees or routine services offered in key agencies would also be cut 5 percent to provide additional funding for other programs, such as violence prevention, autism education and breast and cervical cancer screening. A committee hearing is set for Tuesday on a bill, filed Monday by a top Democratic ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan, to freeze property taxes for four years through 2020, except for Chicago.

"This would not only freeze property taxes as a matter of the whole district's taxing ability", Currie said, "but also provide very specific relief to every homeowner in IL".

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