SPRINGFIELD, IL - Tim Nuding, Gov. Rauner's budget director, says a one-month spending plan proposed by Democrats is "unconstitutional" because it would lead to an unbalanced budget.
In a memo to Rauner Wednesday, Nuding says that if the $2.3 billion proposal were applied over the full fiscal year it would spend $4 billion more than Illinois expects in revenue.
Nuding's assessment is the clearest indication yet that Rauner - and likely most Republican legislators - won't support the temporary budget when it's called for a vote Wednesday. That would make its passage highly difficult.
Democrats say their plan would help avoid a government "shutdown" and ensure critical services, such as state police, continue. Analysts say it is just more political theater from Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan.