At a May 19 press conference, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R- Western Springs) stressed the need for bipartisan FY16 budget negotiations as the end of the legislative session nears.
“We are getting down to crunch time,” Leader Christine Radogno told Statehouse reporters. “Unfortunately, with each passing day, it looks more and more like the Democrats are unwilling to seriously engage and negotiate transformational reforms to state government.” The Democrat legislators instead “want to play politics.”
She was joined by House Leader Jim Durkin, who said that Democrats “only appear to be interested in doubling down” on the failed reforms of the past. “They are not participating in good faith,” on the working groups, Durkin alleged, saying “Democrats have made a mockery of the process.”