Illinois Senate panel rejects one of Rauner’s top priorities

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois Senate committee has rejected one of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top pro-business priorities.

The Democrat-controlled panel voted along party lines Wednesday to defeat a workers compensation proposal after hearing testimony from businesses and lawyers representing injured workers.

Legislative committees also are considering changes to the civil legal system and a property tax freeze.

The package of bills reflects a scaled-back version of Rauner’s “turnaround agenda” filed earlier this week.

Rauner’s office says Democrats’ votes show they are walking away from compromise reforms to turn around Illinois’ economy.

Rauner wants his package of legislation approved before he’ll consider signing a budget. Meanwhile, Democrats are advancing budget bills outlining a $36.3 billion spending plan for next year that Republicans oppose.