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To read Rep. McDermed's recap of the spring legislative session, click here.
The General Assembly adjourned on May 31st without a State budget. Since then session has been cancelled by Speaker Madigan three weeks in a row. Without appropriations from the State, many schools are in danger of not opening this fall. In May Republicans filed House Bill 6583 a clean, standalone education funding bill that increases school funding by $240 million dollars. Speaker Madigan has refused to release the bill from the Rules Committee. 

For more information on the bill, click here.

Sign the petition to demand a vote on HB6583 here

Regularly scheduled spring session ended on May 31st, but the State of Illinois remains in an unprecedented financial situation. We return to Springfield this Wednesday. 

Still No Budget
        As I’m sure you know by now Speaker Madigan attempted to pass a spending plan that spent $40 billion dollars.  This is the largest spending plan or “budget” in Illinois history and, because it did have attached revenues, would have doubled the state’s backlog of unpaid bills which currently sits at around $7 billion. To pay for such a large increase in spending would have required us to raise the income tax to 5.5%. Legislators had to vote on the 500 page bill just a few hours after it was filed. It passed the House, but then the bill sat in the Senate for several days. On 10pm the night we were scheduled to end spring session it was finally brought to a vote and lost with only 17 of 59 senators supporting it. As a result, despite session going very late in to the night on May 31st, we finished without a budget.
Chicago, IL... State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) joined other lawmakers in calling for Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to voluntarily take a leave of absence while investigations persist into campaign expenditures and reporting procedures from his time as State Representative. 

Twenty one legislators signed a letter sent to the Auditor General's office on June 2nd stating their concerns for the integrity of office operations while the leader is under state and federal investigation. The office of the Auditor General is responsible for auditing State funds to ensure that State agencies are accountable and taxpayer funds are not being misspent.

Suspicious campaign spending practices came to light late last year and previous letters from legislators requesting more information on the matter have gone unanswered. Auditor General Mautino, who took over the office in January, is currently under investigation from both the State Election Board and federal authorities. The latest letter asks that, for the sake of clean government, he step aside until the investigations are concluded. 
Responding to the end of scheduled legislative spring session, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) released the following statement:

"It is unbelievable and incredibly disappointing that after months of spring session we have arrived at this point. We had plenty of time to work together to fix the downward trajectory of our great State and yet the General Assembly has no budget or anything substantial to show for it. This unprecedented situation proves more than ever that the Springfield way of doing things is broken. Every legislator is going to go home to their districts and think long and hard about where we go from here. We swore an oath to do right by our State Constitution and our constituents. We must move forward together to forge the elements of balanced budget and reforms that will put this State back on the right path to fiscal sanity and certainty."
Illinois is heading toward a second year without a state budget, putting some schools and colleges in jeopardy of closing and all but ensuring more social services and state programs will be cut amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has ever seen.

With the Legislature set to adjourn its spring session Tuesday night, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats remain deadlocked over a spending plan and business-friendly laws Rauner has made a condition of any budget deal.

The state already has gone almost a full fiscal year without a budget. Democrats on Tuesday could give final approval to a spending plan for the new fiscal year that begins July 1, but Rauner has said he'll veto it because the measure spends about $7 billion more than Illinois is expected to take in without addressing additional revenues. Rauner instead is making a last-ditch effort to pass a short-term spending bill and provide money for schools -- an idea he opposed and some Democrats were pushing just days ago.

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