Hays: "We Need To Stay Until We Have A Budget"

On Thursday, December 1, lawmakers left Springfield after the conclusion of the 2016 veto session. While legislators from both sides of the aisle were able to work collaboratively to come to agreement on a comprehensive energy bill, Representatives and Senators left the Capitol without addressing the state's most pressing issue-the lack of a budget.

Representative Chad Hays was interviewed before leaving town, and expressed his disappointment in House Speaker Mike Madigan's decision to send everyone home rather than stay in Springfield until a budget agreement could be reached.

A stopgap budget expires on December 31, and lawmakers are not scheduled to return to Springfield until Monday, January 9.

Click here to listen to Hays' interview.