About Illinois Budget Clock

Why did this happen?

The Illinois state constitution requires the governor and the General Assembly to pass a budget for the state. Last year, they failed to do that, and we still have no budget.

July 1st, 2015 was the deadline.

Republican Gov. Rauner and the Democratically-controlled legislature each presented their own wildly-different budget proposals. The main fight is over Gov. Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda which, among other things, strips collective bargaining rights from unions. Neither side has agreed to a compromise, and each side blames the other for the deadlock.

Gov. Bruce RaunerGov. Bruce Rauner
Illinois House Speaker Michael MadiganHouse Speaker Madigan
Illinois Senate President John CullertonSenate President Cullerton

On June 30, 2016 5:18pm a temporary budget was passed. It was 11 months, 30 days, 17 hours, 18 minutes late.

What is this website?

Illinois Budget Clock aggregated stories of the impact of the budget impasse in order to impose a greater sense of urgency and pressure Illinois politicians to act.

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