Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) released a statement upon adjournment on May 31, 2017.
"To say I’m disappointed is an understatement." said Senator McConnaughay. "It’s devastating that, once again, the General Assembly is adjourning without passing a balanced budget with structural reforms. Even though Senate Republicans made many attempts to work in a bipartisan fashion across the aisle, we found our colleagues unwilling to compromise.
During this final month, despite progress during negotiations, and positive compromise on important issues, such as property tax relief, spending cuts, workers compensation, and other areas, we leave Springfield with the Senate having passed a partisan unbalanced budget and a $5.4 billion income tax hike that the House didn’t even consider.
My Republican colleagues and I remained willing to continue discussions to make sure we get the budget and reforms Illinois desperately needs. However, once more I’m sad to say that party politics won out over commonsense compromise for the good of our state.
Regardless of the failed discussions between both parties during the scheduled spring session, it’s my hope that we will continue to work through June. This budget crisis has a resounded impact throughout Illinois – human service providers, schools, employers, residents, and many more. Members of both sides have to continue our work and come back to the table in good faith, with viable solutions that the Governor will sign into law. As the true optimist I am, I believe we can do it and finally bring this budget impasse to an end."