SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - After more than two years, Illinois has a budget plan.
At around 4:30 p.m. the Illinois House voted to override Governor Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 42.
They also overturned his vetoes of Senate Bills 6 and 9 to enact first spending plan since 2015.
In a statement following the vote, Governor Bruce Rauner said:
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti issued this statement:
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs issued the following statement on Thursday:
Frerichs went on to say it is hard to determine how long it will take for Illinois universities, social service agencies and businesses to recover.
Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn issued the following statement:
While he supported cutting nearly $3 billion of "bloated government bureaucracy," Rep. Jerry Costello said he did not support permanently increasing the income tax as an additional way of revenue for the state.
"I don't believe that new revenue should come from the pockets of the working class; they simply cannot afford to pay more. Instead of raising taxes on those who need the most financial relief, I would have preferred for millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share and for the closure of corporate loopholes in order to provide more revenue for our state," Costello said.
Even with a passed budget, it will be years before the state is back to normal and before it pays off its $15 billion debt.
State Representative Terri Bryant described what happened on Thursday as a step in the right direction. She said that schools, the Illinois Department of Transportation and many other state agencies are now able to start planning their next steps.
However, there were mixed emotions after passing the budget, mostly because of the tax increase, which Bryant said was just what they had to do.
"This was a necessary evil in a sense, that you know that we have to have new revenue but it was also the lesser of all of the evils that have been on the table," she said.
Bryant also talked about the state paying back into its employees' health care premiums, which will get doctors paid in the area. She said it will cause a ripple effect into the economy.
Currently, there is no exact deadline on when things will start being paid out back to the state. State Comptroller Susanna Mendosa said her office will be managing the budget in the best possible way to protect taxpayers.
Bryant and Mendosa both said that moving forward they need to spend funds more wisely than others did before.
Hazmat situation at IL Capitol
Earlier on Thursday, the Illinois Capitol building was placed on lockdown after a hazmat situation.
The Springfield fire marshal said the powdery substance that prompted the lockdown was collected. A preliminary analysis of the substance showed the material was not hazardous.
A spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office said the investigation is ongoing. He previously said one person was in custody in connection to the incident.
According to Representative Brandon Phelps, he was told that someone threw a white powder at the Governor Bruce Rauner's office door. A hazmat team responded to the scene.
Representative Terri Bryant said she saw a woman being taken out in handcuffs.
Phelps said there are a lot of emergency vehicles in the area.
According to Springfield Fire Marshal Chris Richmond in a press conference, the building was sealed around 1:30 p.m. after the Secretary of State police called in the hazmat team for an incident. No one was allowed in or out of the building for about two hours.
Richmond said there is an active investigation inside of the building but he did not believe anyone inside is in any immediate danger.
He said no one was injured.