Grand BargainThe Illinois Senate voted on pieces of the bipartisan negotiated grand bargain today in another attempt to keep discussions going and solve the state’s budgetary issues. Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) released the following statement:

“Today we passed some key components of the Grand Bargain. However, we must still continue negotiations to help get the state out of the trouble it is in. There is no easy solution, but continuing to have a dialogue is the only way we will get to one. We are working through this, and we will continue to do so until we find a resolution.”