The Illinois Senate advanced controversial legislation during the week of February 8-12 that Senator Tim Bivins says will postpone the Governor’s annual budget message until March 10.

The Budget Address was originally scheduled for February 17, but Governor Pat Quinn asked for more time, saying it would allow him to gather more accurate revenue estimates for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Senate Republicans dispute that contention and say that delaying the address will further defer action on the state’s mounting fiscal crisis.

House Bill 2240 requires the Governor to present a written report to the General Assembly prior to February 24. Legislators will be allowed to submit written budget recommendations to the Governor between February 24 and March 10, which would then be posted on the Governor’s Web site." />

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