(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner is urging legislative leaders to agree on estimated available revenue before deciding how to spend it in the coming year. Both House and Senate leaders were asked yesterday to put in writing the projected revenue and deliver a balanced budget. House Speaker Michael Madigan issued a statement that the Governor should “stay on the sidelines” if he intends to repeat past practices of cutting spending for vulnerable populations in Illinois. The budget year begins July 1st. The General Assembly’s scheduled adjournment of the spring legislative session in Springfield is May 31st.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Senate is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S. – Mexican border. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 33 to 22 yesterday to adopt a resolution to not comply with the President’s request. Some lawmakers say the National Guard troops are needed in Illinois while others say national security issues should be left to those in Washington, D.C. Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have already pledged to help with NG troops.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Governor has signed a measure into law that local governments say will limit their ability to regulate big wireless facilities, including AT&t and Verizon. The plan expands access to 5G networks by allowing companies to install small cell antennas on streetlights and utility poles, although local governments cannot regulate or charge for the installation or maintenance of the wireless facilities. The bill affects all of Illinois except the city of Chicago. Ohio and Texas have also passed similar bills.