Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on the final night of the legislative session — and the 700th day of Illinois operating without a state budget — to express their frustration with the lack of progress after five months of negotiation and compromise with Republicans and Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.

Manar noted that Senate Democrats delivered a variety of reforms that the governor had demanded of lawmakers, including procurement reform, workers' compensation reform, pension reform, local government consolidation, property tax relief and education funding reform. Senate Democrats also advanced to the House a budget that lives within the spending limits the governor put forth in February in his budget address, while also cutting $3 billion in government spending that the governor had not proposed cutting.

"We achieved all of those things within our caucus. Those bills are pending today in the House of Representatives," Manar said. "We have produced a result that we are quite proud of as a caucus, and we believe this is the best way to move forward as a state and address all of the things we know we have to address in order to end this impasse and move beyond this situation we're in today."

Watch the entire news conference with remarks from Manar and other Senate Democrats.


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