Illinois House GOP Leader Sees Chance For Compromise

Feb 23, 2016

Jim Durkin
Credit ilga.gov

The top Republican in the Illinois House says there is room to compromise with Democrats on the conservative agenda Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing. 

Jim Durkin is a Republican from Western Springs. On Monday, he told a meeting of the City Club in Chicago that he wants Democrats who control the General Assembly to negotiate ``with open minds'' on a balanced budget.  

The state has been without a spending plan for all of this fiscal year and the next one is fast approaching.  

The stalemate is over Republican Rauner's insistence on pro-business reforms such as lowering workers compensation costs.  

Durkin says there are steps within a workers comp reform package that could be agreed upon, such as adopting American Medical Association guidelines for compensating worker injury.