State gains full budget; ag programs to benefit

House votes to override governor's vetoes on three bills to give state its first full budget in more than two years.

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly needed and received super majorities to override the governor’s vetoes on the three bills that make up the new state budget.
Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly needed and received super majorities to override the governor’s vetoes on the three bills that make up the new state budget.

By Kay Shipman

The Illinois House ended Illinois’ historic budget impasse Thursday, overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s three vetoes of state revenue and budget legislation. The House vote followed a July 4 Senate vote that overrode Rauner’s vetoes. Some underfunded or depleted agriculture programs gained funding in the newly approved budget.  

In his veto message, Rauner had criticized the legislation for not addressing the state’s fiscal and economic crises. Both chambers needed and received super majorities to override the governor’s vetoes.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., recognized the importance of gaining a state budget and a period fraught with pain and frustration: “For the first time in more than two years, the state of Illinois has a budget. Following this extended period of political discord and disagreement, we are hopeful that Illinois can now begin to heal its fiscal wounds.

“From the beginning, Illinois Farm Bureau has called for a compromise to end the budget impasse,” Guebert said. “Given the political gridlock, it was clear any solution would include items that are not desirable. Despite that, Illinois can now hopefully move forward and begin to address its unpaid bills while valuable programs for agriculture also receive funding.

“The work of the General Assembly is not complete,” Guebert said. “We urge legislators to take up reforms that will improve the business climate in our state.”

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