Rauner Calls Special Session On Budget 

(Chicago, IL) — Governor Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield for the final ten days of June to try to reach a budget compromise. In a Facebook video, Rauner praised the plan put forth by Republican lawmakers yesterday that incorporates Rauner’s criticisms of the plan Senate Democrats passed in late May. It includes a four-year income tax hike coupled with a four-year property tax freeze as well as items from Rauner’s reform agenda, including workers’ comp changes, term limits, state pension reform and local government consolidation. Statements from both Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan say the onus is on Rauner to prove that he’s serious about a budget deal.