Senate Votes on “Grand Bargain” Bills, No Tax Relief or Tax Hikes

A press release from State Senator Dan McConchie:

Senate acts on “Grand Bargain” budget bills, McConchie criticizes lack of significant spending cuts

Springfield, IL… Once again, the Illinois Senate was presented with a budget plan that continues down the path of increasing taxes first and insufficiently cutting spending, said State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) following today’s budget votes.

On May 17, the Illinois Senate voted on a number of bills that make up the so called “Grand Bargain” budget plan that has been in the works for months by Senate members on both sides of the aisle. The Senate voted on 9 bills including Senate Bill 6 which appropriates over $35 billion in state spending.

“The spending bill that passed the Senate today does not go near far enough to reduce the size of government, and will ultimately result in large tax increases in order to balance the budget,” said Sen. McConchie. “I’ve said it before and unfortunately it still holds true today, this “Grand Bargain” started in the wrong place. It starts with taxing Illinoisans more and promises cuts down the road. That is not good for the economy of this state and it’s definitely not good for taxpayers.”

Sen. McConchie noted that he was able to support several of the bills that were brought to a vote today. The following measures were supported by Sen. McConchie:

· Senate Bill 3: Local Government Consolidation
· Senate Bill 8: Procurement Reform
· Senate Bill 16: Pension Reform
· Senate Bill 478: Property Tax Relief and School Mandate Relief

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The tax relief bill got more than a majority of 30 votes, but because it would have frozen tax extensions for Home Rule Units, it needed 36 votes to pass.

There were other bills in the package that McConchie did not support.


Senate Votes on “Grand Bargain” Bills, No Tax Relief or Tax Hikes — 3 Comments

  1. This is All Crap, Cal why don’t you post some real worthy information on your chat line.

    You should report how your Buddy Gasser is abolishing townships in Algonquin twp at a High Rate of Speed!!
    Tirio perhaps in how he’s doing such a wonderful job of reducing the staff that already quit and using that proclamation as a savings for the better of well being for the world as well and the community, LOL!!
    LOL, LOL!!!

  2. It’s all over for Illinois.

    There is NOTHING worth staying here and fighting for.

    This is why people and business are fleeing in record setting droves year after year
    and taking their wealth with them before it is taken away from them by governmental
    agencies at every level.

    In another eight years or so millions of Boomers now living in Illinois will be retiring
    and leaving the state. What then ?

  3. Illinois General Assembly

    100th General Assembly

    State Senate

    Bills that passed Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) – Evidence – Based Funding for Student Success Act

    Senate Bill 3 (SB 3) – Government Consolidation

    Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) – Issue $7B General Obligation Bonds

    Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) – Appropriations & Re-appropriations. Amends PA 99-524

    Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) – Chicago Casino Development Authority Act

    Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) – Executive Ethics Commission, Illinois Procurement Code, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, State Board of Elections, Small Business Contracts Act, Governmental Joint Purchases Act, Illinois Human Rights Act, more


    Failed (Vote taken but didn’t pass)

    Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) – Illinois Pension Code, GARS, SURS, TRS, Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF), SERS, State Employees Group Insurance Act


    Passed on April 27, 2017

    Senate Bill 14 (SB14) – Chicago MEABF (Municipal pension), Chicago LABF (Laborers pension)


    The passed bills would have to be passed by the State House of Representatives, and then the Governor, to become law.

    +++++++++ > Bills & Resolutions > Senate – Bills > 0001 – 0100

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