House Speaker Schedules Thursday Veto Override

Jul 5, 2017

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

If passed, the package would end the fiscal stalemate that has persisted for two years. That's the longest any state has gone without a budget since at least the Great Depression. 

Speaker Michael Madigan is a Chicago Democrat. He says in a statement issued Wednesday that he anticipates working with Republicans "to begin healing the wounds of the last several years."

The $36 billion spending plan would be financed with a $5 billion income tax increase. A House vote to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto would put the plan into effect.