The top Republican in the Illinois House says there is room to compromise with Democrats on the conservative agenda Governor Bruce Rauner Is pushing.
Jim Durkin, during a City Club in Chicago, said that he wants Democrats who control the General Assembly to negotiate “with open minds” on a balanced budget.
The state has been without a spending plan for all of this fiscal year and the next one is fast approaching.
The stalemate is over Republican Rauner’s insistence on pro-business reforms such as lowering workers compensation costs.
Durkin says there are steps within a workers comp reform package that could be agreed upon, such as adopting American Medical Association guidelines for compensating worker injury.