Morning Spin: With Rauner approving budget Monday, ‘we can get into the fun stuff of campaigns,’ Durkin says

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to approve the state budget at the Thompson Center on Monday, the first time he’s enacted a full-year spending plan during his term.

Both Republicans and Democrats have called the plan balanced, and its very existence prevents another long budget war before the November election. With a budget in place, the two parties won’t spend all summer blaming each other for failing to complete one.

“I thought through so many scenarios in the beginning of May, if this was going to fall apart, of who was going to wear the collar for it,” House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said Sunday on WGN-AM 720. “And, at the end of the day, all of us would.

“We’re walking into an election season. You have to be mindful of that. But we’re better off as a state not having to worry about this … then we can get into the fun stuff of campaigns,” he said.

Durkin said Rauner on Monday will sign both the spending plan and legislation to implement it.

Durkin said the budget compromise represents a “new era” in Springfield and weakening power of legislative leaders in Springfield.

“A lot of this was driven by the rank-and-file members who have grown frustrated — who’ve grown frustrated with the process or their lack of input or just maybe the personalities (that) got into the way of crafting a budget,” Durkin said.

“So I will say that this is a new era in Springfield, that the powers (that) be may have lost a little bit of their power, because their members are pushing them and saying, ‘You better get this done. Otherwise, there’ll be consequences,’” he said. (Rick Pearson)

What’s on tap

*Mayor Emanuel will open the new headquarters for an international company that is now based in Chicago.

*Gov. Rauner will hold a budget-signing ceremony at the Thompson Center.

*U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin will hold a Chicago news conference about online privacy for children.

From the notebook

*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests were NPR Illinois Springfield correspondent Brian Mackey, state Rep. Robert Martwick of Chicago and Durkin. The “Sunday Spin” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720. Listen to the full show here.

What we’re writing

*Betrayed: Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse and assault, leaving lasting damage.

*Latest $25 million check pushes Pritzker’s total self-funding past $100 million.

*Rauner decision to sign state budget avoids election-year repeat of historic feud.

*In Chicago, Pelosi calls Trump’s suggestion of clemency for Blagojevich the “shiny object of the moment.”

*Equal Rights Amendment approval comes 36 years after raucous Capitol protests.

*7-year-old Kenan, who helped spark a lifesaving change in state procedures, dies from Krabbe disease.

*Federally appointed monitor to follow Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s hiring practices.

*Legislature passes bill to improve insurance coverage for mental health, addiction.

*Illinois college leaders relieved at quick state budget resolution.

*Bill heading to Rauner’s desk could toughen penalties for texting while driving.

What we’re reading

*It’s not all rainbows for Chicago’s $1 billion tech “unicorns.”

*Tech behemoths Facebook, Google planning big Chicago office expansions.

*Willis Tower food truck scuffle drives vendors out.

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*Giuliani: Trump probably has constitutional power to pardon himself.

*Senate Republicans have midterm election hopes.

*North Korea wants McDonald’s.

*Many women with breast cancer can skip chemo.


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