What the Legislature didn't get around to, before blowing Friday's deadline, was to approve a new state budget. Or agree on whether to hike the state's cigarette taxes, or allow slot machines at horse tracks, or let a Swansea developer use state tax money to build a commercial development at Marion. Or a slew of other measures that are still pending in one chamber or the other.As McDermott notes, other items left on the table include a proposal to allow slot machines at horse tracks like Fairmount Park, a $1 sin tax on cigarettes to raise funds for education, and a a six-week amnesty period for people who forgot to pay their taxes.
"As you know, our business is not finished," House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, told legislators before he sent them home for the weekend, with instructions to keep their phones nearby. "When we are prepared to finish our business, we will come back to Springfield for one or two days, hopefully no more.
Madigan and others weren't saying when that would be, but it will likely be within the next few weeks.
Illinois' budget year starts July 1, and the Legislature (controlled by Democrats) generally passes the new budget before the end of May. If they go past May 31, budget approval requires a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority.