The battle in Springfield, however, is only partly about budget numbers. Rauner wants lawmakers to take up his broader pro-business, anti-union policy agenda, and vetoed much of the budget to try to get some leverage. That is driving the stalemate.
“The budget piece of this is the easy part of the problem. That’s a math problem,” said Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont last month. “We need engagement on the reforms.” read more…..