The Illinois Senate is still planning to vote today on a so-called grand bargain to end the budget stalemate.
Senators passed the relatively easier parts of the “grand bargain" yesterday. Today come the more complicated votes, like cutting government pensions, freezing property taxes, and raising income taxes.
The tax hike in particular has prompted a couple of conservative activists to attack Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno. They say, in effect, she's selling out.
“I just figure in this line of business, you have to have a thick skin. And I think it says more about them than it does about me.”
Illinois has gone 20 months without a real state budget — prompting hundreds of layoffs at state universities and deep cuts among social service providers.