SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Illinois legislators were gaveled in and gaveled right back out on the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state's two-year impasse.
Lawmakers have to come to an agreement by July 1 or Illinois will enter its third straight year without a budget.
There's been little movement on any compromise so far with little indication things will change on Thursday.
Carly O'Keefe talked to Illinois State Representative Terry Bryant moments after lawmakers were gaveled out of session. Bryant was visibly frustrated.
According to the Secretary of the Senate's office, it costs roughly $48,000 per day of legislative session in Illinois. That estimate factors in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers.
Some lawmakers are forgoing the per diem payments, including Republican Senator Paul Schimpf who represents the 58th district, " I turned in paperwork yesterday declining any reimbursement for these days that we're up here. I feel like if we can't get our job done, we shouldn't be paid any extra. So, I turned that paperwork in and I won't be receiving compensation for these days."
The House is scheduled to hear testimony on workers' compensation, a reform that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing. However, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says the point is to hear from middle-class workers who'll be impacted by changes.
Rauner called for the special session, saying the situation is urgent. He's been deadlocked with Democrats who control the Legislature since taking office in 2015.