Rauner Threatens Special Budget Session

CHICAGO — Governor Rauner says he’s willing to call a special legislative session to force lawmakers to approve a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Rauner is blasting Democrats for wasting time holding hearings on the harm done by the lack of a budget. He says his heart breaks for those agencies that serve the disadvantaged, including those he and his wife have supported for years. House Democrat Greg Harris predicts quick action on a budget before the end of the month, but he says passing a budget means little if Rauner doesn’t sign it. Rauner continues to insist that reforms be part of any deal that includes a tax hike.