Governor Bruce Rauner issued a statement after the Illinois House’s vote this week sustained his veto of SB 1229, which would have limited Rauner's leverage in negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union.
The state Senate had voted to override the veto.
“I want to thank every House member who stood with taxpayers today. It is encouraging that many legislators recognized the dire financial impact this legislation would have had on our state," Rauner said. "While House members chose to help us avoid digging a deeper financial hole, we still have a lot of work to do, and time is of the essence."
Raunder said that despite several compromises he has offered, the budget impasse remains and must be addressed.
"We have now entered our third month without a balanced budget, which only the Legislature can pass, and court orders have shown that I can’t simply reduce the budget and balance it without legislative changes," Rauner said. "I hope (Wednesday's) action marks the beginning of serious negotiations over how we can deliver needed structural reforms and a balanced budget.”