Although the stopgap state budget squeaked by the Illinois House on Tuesday night, prospects are still long in the Senate. The main problem in the upper chamber is growing wariness among some Senate Democrats about the $4 billion pension borrowing measure (SB 3514), which was scheduled to be debated in the Senate Executive Committee this morning but was ominously held. Republicans, meanwhile, appear unified in their opposition, although Sen. Larry Bomke (R-Springfield) might consider crossing over. Earlier this month, the Senate passed a bill (HB 543) that allows Gov. Pat Quinn to defer this year's pension payment until January.
UPDATE (1:21 p.m.): According to the Tribune, Sen. Cullerton admitted today that his caucus might have to come back next week to finalize the budget.