South Cook Democrats vote for budget bills
In a rushed vote today, the Illinois Senate approved a set of three budget bills that raise taxes and outline $36 billion in spending.
Senate Bill 6, a spending bill that passed the House on Friday, passed the Senate 39-14.
Senate Bill 9, a revenue bill that would generate $5.4 billion by raising the income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent and the corporate tax rate to 7 percent from 5.25 percent, passed 36-18. It passed the House on Sunday.
Sens. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields), Napoleon Harris (D-Flossmoor), Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) and Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) voted in favor of both measures.
A third measure that passed, Senate Bill 42, is known as a “paperwork” bill that details how to implement the budget.
There was little debate on the bills.
Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) said the bills needed more work and called for senators to oppose them.
“It’s regrettable that I stand today not capable of supporting this package,” Brady said. “Not necessarily because what’s in the package is bad but because it is incomplete. We need a comprehensive solution for this state. We’ve negotiated in good faith on a comprehensive solution and I regret to say that we have not come to a conclusion for that comprehensive solution.”
The bills were sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner. If signed, they would take immediate effect.
Organizations in this Story
Illinois State Senator Donne E. Trotter (D-17th) • Illinois State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-14th) • Illinois State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-19th) • Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris, III (D-15th) • Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-40th)