Top Illinois Senate Democrats push for budget override

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Top Illinois Senate Democrats are pushing to undo Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget-bill vetoes despite uncertainty about whether the House will follow their lead.

Senate Democrats, who are in the majority, are scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to consider what steps they’ll take to break the spending-plan impasse with Republican governor.

Rauner vetoed all but one of the 20 pieces of legislation the General Assembly sent him last month. They comprise a $36 billion fiscal outline which the governor rejected because it has a deficit of as much as $4 billion.

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Terry Link — a Waukegan Democrat — says taxpayers want “action.”

An override requires three-fifths majorities of 36 votes in the Senate and 71 in the House. The Senate’s deadline for action is Wednesday.