Gov. Bruce Rauner made a rare request for a meeting with the four legislative leaders of the General Assembly — House and Senate, Democratic and Republican. In a show of how once-ordinary tasks can be touted as achievements in the current toxic political climate, Republicans left the meeting saying they were pleased Democrats agreed to appoint budget negotiators.
They also apparently agreed to set a "revenue estimate" — the amount of money Illinois government expects to collect, and thus to spend, in the next budget year.
Meanwhile, the Department of Corrections faced tough questions about its request for hundreds of millions of dollars more than it was appropriated in the current budget year. But were the Senators really surprised, and should they have been?
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