No Grand Bargain. For now.


IEA-endorsed Democrat John Cullerton and IEA-endorsed Republican Christine Radogno.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton’s SB11 failed badly yesterday. SB11 was Cullerton’s pension theft proposal. It contained a choice between two pension diminishments and would have eventually been found unconstitutional by the courts.

But its defeat in the Senate yesterday puts the kabosh on any Grand Bargain to resolve the budget impasse. At least for now.

The Grand Bargain has a murky future in Madigan’s House even if it survives the Senate.

Chicago’s Democrats in the Senate generally voted for the pension thievery. Downstate Dems, not so much.

So, no Grand Bargain – twelve bills in the Illinois State Senate – for now. The budget impasse lives on. The Grand Bargain is wounded, but like a vampire, it isn’t dead dead.

In other Springfield news, Bev Johns reports that key House Democrats stated that “Commission members did not explicitly endorse the Evidence-Based Model or these 27 elements” that were listed in the Commission Report.

But both the Senate and the House are still working on the special education parts of any school funding reform.

On Tuesday, Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis got into a pissing match with CPS CEO Forrest Claypool after the head of Chicago schools sent a letter to all parents  saying the Governor has stolen from children.

True. But pick your thief between that bunch.

IEA-endorsed Cullerton and and IEA-endorsed Republican leader Radogno are trading counter-offers on a school funding reform bill (Amendment to SB 1).

Watch out on that deal. Nothing good can come from those two.

What remains of the Grand Bargain bargain (No. That’s not a typo)?

Local property taxes would be frozen for two years, but schools would get the ability to scale back state requirements such as physical education, special education and driver’s education courses to cut costs.

School districts also would have more power to outsource things such as janitorial services.

 It would raise the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.99 percent. Apparently 5 percent (which it once was) is some kind line in the sand. 

It’s all so stupid when what is needed is a progressive income tax.

The overall sales tax rate of 6.25 percent would drop to 5.75 percent, but it would be applied to a broader range of goods including food, drugs and medical supplies. The current sales tax rate, however, is just 1 percent for many food, drugs and medical supplies — think stuff bought at the grocery store.

The sales tax expansion seems regressive to me. 

In addition, services would be taxed at 5.75 percent, including car repairs, landscaping, laundry, and cable and satellite. The Center for Budget and Tax Accountability, who I trust on such matters, has suggested this for a while.

5 Replies to “No Grand Bargain. For now.”

  1. But why should DINOs & Repubs listen to Ralph Martire of the CTBA?
    They only want to pay back their wealthy campaign donors.
    The rest of us don’t matter.
    And THAT’S the “Grand Bargain.”
    Primary ALL of them out!!!

  2. Sounds like Cullerton will be quitting . Roule just tweeted it seems Rainer doesnt want a deal….her what a surprise. The authors of our Constitutions wanted to stop 👑 and dictators but they never expected vandals.

  3. “School districts also would have more power to outsource things such as janitorial services.”
    We all know how well that’s working in CPS.
    “Let them eat cake!” (from the filthy hall floors)

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