HGOP’s Durkin decries “imaginary money”

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. (Dave Dahl/WJBC)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – The top Republican in the Illinois House has plenty of skepticism about Wednesday’s budget address from Gov. JB Pritzker.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) says the Democrats’ budgeting practices are straight out of Fantasyland.

“Gov. Pritzker and his enablers from the House and Senate continue to budget at $42 billion,” Durkin told an online news conference. “With a snap of a finger, this budget becomes law; nevermind the global crisis.

The Illinois Democrats cooked up a budget predicated on imaginary money that may or may not ever show up.”

That sort of plan is not exclusive to Democrats. Former Gov. Bruce Rauner once introduced a budget relying on “$4.6 billion dollars working together on a Grand Bargain.” 

There was no Grand Bargain.

Dave Dahl can be reached at News@WJBC.com. 


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