“There was a dramatic change in tone today. The Democrat leaders essentially pulled the plug on negotiations. They want to push the balanced budget issue (and) reforms off into the fall after the election,” said State Senator Christine Radogno.
House Speaker Mike Madigan defended that and the stopgap budget his Democrats want to send to Gov. Rauner. It’s $7 billion out of balance, but appropriates new money for Chicago’s nearly broke public schools.