It’s only June and voice mail boxes across Illinois already are filling with robocalls from political candidates. The 2016 Illinois elections are shaping up to be a game played by a new set of rules thanks to the presence of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s large campaign fund and, possibly, Donald Trump at the top of the ticket for Republicans.
There was a lot of action, though not nearly as much progress, in and around the Capitol in Springfield this week. The Senate passed a bill that would set up laws to govern daily fantasy sports, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the leaders of the General Assembly met together for the second time this year on the budget and unions put on a major show of force outside the Statehouse.
With less than eight weeks to go in FY 2016 -- a year in which Illinois never had an operating budget -- Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly still have not had a serious discussion about what will happen with Illinois income taxes as the state speeds toward ending the budget year with a deficit of $10 billion.