SPRINGFIELD - House Speaker Mike Madigan says Governor Bruce Rauner should moderate his positions and move away from extremism to work together for a budget compromise.
“What we need is for everybody to be reasonable,” Madigan told WBBM's Craig Dellimore in an interview. “I’ve been through these disputes in the legislature in the past. I know from my experience that you don’t solve these problems by working in the extreme. You solve these problems by working in moderation. That’s what happened in the past when I worked successfully with Governor Edgar, Governor Thompson, Governor Ryan. When people are functioning in the extreme, they are not working toward a solution.”
The comment begs the question of what "extreme" is. Who is demanding the status quo with no reform, no system changes, higher budget spending and higher taxes - while the people of Illinois are demanding change?
Those at the State Capitol today are reporting Speaker Madigan's instructions - the House will be in session throughout the summer, and lawmakers will get no state subsidies for their travel costs or time away from their other jobs.