State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) offered the following statement after the Illinois Senate voted on several pieces of legislation that were components of a legislative package known as the “Grand Bargain.”
“Today, I voted for three pieces of legislation that we found agreement on through bipartisan, good-faith negotiations. Among these was a pension reform proposal similar to legislation that I co-sponsored earlier this year,” said Brady. “In recent days, we have made significant progress negotiating additional components of this package including property tax relief, job-creating reforms, and a balanced state budget. I believe we were close to reaching bipartisan compromise on those and I wish we could have continued negotiating, instead of calling bills that weren’t quite ready.
“We've made a lot of progress, but this has to be a good deal for the taxpayers, and that means having a balanced budget and fundamental reforms that will move Illinois forward,” he added. “As these measures move over to the Illinois House for consideration, I hope our negotiations will continue to achieve that goal.”