Senate passes budget bills; Holmes, Murphy and Harmon vote yes
In a rushed, the Illinois Senate approved a set of three budget bills that raise taxes and outline $36 billion in spending.
Senate Bill 6, a spending bill that had passed the House, passed the Senate 39-14.
Senate Bill 9, a revenue bill that would generate $5.4 billion by raising the income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent and the corporate tax rate to 7 percent from 5.25 percent, passed 36-18. It also passed in the House.
Sens. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) and Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) voted in favor of both measures. Sens. Michael Connelly (R-Lisle) and Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) opposed both bills. Sens. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) did not vote.
A third measure that passed, Senate Bill 42, is known as a “paperwork” bill that details how to implement the budget.
There was little debate on the bills.
Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) said the bills needed more work and called for senators to oppose them.
“It’s regrettable that I stand today not capable of supporting this package,” Brady said. “Not necessarily because what’s in the package is bad but because it is incomplete. We need a comprehensive solution for this state. We’ve negotiated in good faith on a comprehensive solution and I regret to say that we have not come to a conclusion for that comprehensive solution.”
The bills were later vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, but the veto was overridden in both houses.
Organizations in this Story
Illinois State Senator Chris Nybo (R-24th) • Illinois State Senator Don Harmon • Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-25th) • Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy • Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes (D-42nd) • Illinois State Senator Michael Connelly (R-21st) • Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton