ILLINOIS (KFVS) - On the eve of a special session for lawmakers in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner gave a live address on Tuesday, June 20.
Rauner spoke at 6 p.m. Tuesday from the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
"We must agree on a balanced budget plan, and get it to my desk before the end of the state's fiscal year - one week from Friday," he said.
Rauner said failure to act is not an option.
"Over the next 10 days, we have an opportunity to change the State of Illinois for the better," he said. "To give our people a future they can believe in. To give job creators a reason to come, and families a reason to stay."
Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield on Thursday, June 15 for a 10-day session from Wednesday, June 21 through June 30.
He addressed all of Illinois and asked the law makers to come together in unity when they come back to the capital.
According to a press release from Rauner's office, if no action is taken by the General Assembly to pass the compromise balanced budget plan by June 30, "the ramifications for our state will be devastating and long-lasting."
In order to find a resolution, Gov. Rauner said he issued 10 proclamations calling for special sessions every day starting on Wednesday, June 21 at noon.
House Speaker Mike Madigan issued a statement Thursday afternoon:
The state is only 9 days away from going a full two years without a budget. Without a fixed budget the Illinois Department of Transportation has said crews will stop road construction and other projects.
According to Jak Tichenor from the Paul Simon Public policy institute at SIU, that could be the first time people are really feeling the affects of this lack of a budget.
"Until you see a true government shut down like you cant go get your drivers license renewed or something like that or as you mentioned earlier... if IDOT stops on the road construction projects..." Tichenor said. "That's when you start to notice that there's a real problem."
Not everyone agreed that the reason for Rauner's speech was to bring unity.
The Democratic Governors association described it as Rauner trying to "Reset his failing Tenure as Governor of Illinois."