Republicans Fire Back On Madigan’s Budget Proposal

In Springfield today, accusations of a nonsensical political theater and a path to a phony budget as Republicans fired back at powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

Yesterday, Madigan proposed passing a spending plan $3 billion short of the cash to pay for it.

“If we pass these budgets and send 36 billion dollars of budgets to the governor, this is insanity. You’re insane and history will look upon you unkindly,” said Republican House Leader Jim Durkin.

But that’s what Speaker Madigan has vowed to do: decide what to spend now and find the money later.

“I would state my willingness to talk with governor to negotiate with the governor to find the money to pay for a spending plan that is responsive to the needs of the people of the state,” Madigan said yesterday. CBS Chicago has the story.