We return to the State Capitol next week, although a deal on passing a balanced budget is sadly not expected. The one-day session will be another in a series of meetings that haven’t yielded much progress in reaching a deal on the now five-month budget impasse.
Additionally, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders are scheduled to meet on Nov. 18, I continue to remain hopefully and encouraged that progress will made to end this budget crisis.
Also during the week, a Reuters News Service report found that Illinois’ low bond ratings are having a negative impact on local governments’ ability to build or expand facilities; two state fiscal reports show very bleak economic results; and the state mourns the passing of retired Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Chief Justice and his family.
As always, I hope you will contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website atwww.senatormcconnaughay.com for weekly updates on important state issues!
State Senator for the 33rd District