SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) set before the Illinois House a budget proposal that was soundly rejected by 107 House members Friday morning. Only five Democrats - Speaker Madigan, Toni Berrios, and Ken Dunkin of Chicago and John Bradley of downstate Marion - joined Crespo's support.
Speaker Madigan voiced frustration in a committee hearing Thursday about his own caucus resistance to an income tax hike extension. In an informal caucus vote, only 34 of his caucus members supported making the 2011 income tax hike permanent.
In response, Rep. Crespo proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in spending cuts to the most vulnerable, including $570 million off elementary and secondary education, $365 million less for human services and $255 million less in public safety.
"You've got to vote for something," Crespo told his colleagues.
The General Assembly has until May 31st to vote on an FY 2015 budget, requiring a simple majority to pass.