Illinois Lawmakers Meet On Budget, Outline ‘Must Haves’ 

(Springfield, IL)  —  The top Democrat at the Illinois Capitol is finally saying what he needs to agree on a budget.  House Speaker Mike Madigan told reporters in Springfield yesterday that he wants a new law regarding how Illinois pays for schools and his own version of workers’ compensation reform.  But the Speaker has yet to release a budget plan of his own.  Rumblings at the Capitol suggest House Democrats are looking at a 40-something billion-dollar budget, which is at least four billion larger than the Republican plan.