Updated: Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill passed by the House a few hours ago, allowing him to push the governor’s annual budget address to March 10.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois House Republicans railed against the move, but a secure Democratic majority voted to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to prepare his budget address Thursday.
House Speaker Michael Madigan argued that the delay was a “reasonable request” from the governor. Republicans said Quinn should have a full understanding of the state’s budget problems after more than a year in office and needs to give lawmakers as much time as possible to grapple with the state’s $13 billion budget deficit.
Illinois law requires the governor to give the address setting his financial agenda to the legislature on the third Tuesday in February, but the legislation gives Quinn until March 10. The governor’s office has also pledged to post budget information online by Feb. 24 and accept suggestions before making his address.