The State of Illinois has finally passed its first budget since 2015. Since entering office, Governor Bruce Rauner has clashed with Democrats. The Republican governor wanted a budget that would freeze property taxes, change workers compensation programs, and cut the cost of state employee pensions. Governor Rauner also opposed any permanent tax increases.
This week the Illinois State Legislature passed a budget, but on Tuesday, July 4th, Governor Rauner vetoed the budget because it included a tax increase. However, enough Republican legislators supported the deal and were able to override Rauner’s veto. The budget plan finally passed with a vote of 71-42 in the state House.