SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate agrees that Governor Pat Quinn’s budget needs cutting. But Republicans and Democrats are arguing about just what that means.
Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate needs to chop about 1-point-2-billion-dollars from Quinn’s 35-billion-dollar budget to balance the state’s checkbook for the next fiscal year.
He wants decide on how much to cut agency by agency.
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno believes Cullerton is playing political “games” by not looking at the big picture.
The Senate’s price tag for next fiscal year’s budget is about $34.3 billion.
The Senate will come back in May following an Easter break to begin the budgeting process in earnest.