SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers in the Illinois House overwhelmingly sided with the state's Democratic comptroller in what had devolved into a political spat with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The House voted 112-0 Wednesday to override Rauner's veto of a plan to require state agencies to report incoming bills monthly to the check-writing comptroller.
Years of battling between Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature left the state without an annual budget for two years. Spending continued, leaving today a pile of $16.6 billion in past due bills.
But Comptroller Susana Mendoza estimates nearly half of that total is still at the agencies. She can't plan for what's coming, what to pay and out of what fund without knowing who's owed.
Rauner called it an attempt by his rival to "micromanage" the executive's control of the budget.
The bill is HB3649.