- Published: Monday, March 06, 2017 11:29 AM
Senator Andy Manar encouraged Republican senators and Gov. Bruce Rauner to rethink their approach to negotiation after bipartisan talks about details of the Senate's widely anticipated budget deal, the so-called "grand bargain," fell apart unexpectedly March 1 just before several key votes on the package, which included school funding reform, were to take place.
Manar and other Democratic senators, including Don Harmon of Oak Park and Heather Steans of Chicago, appeared at a news conference at the Capitol to explain what happened and express their frustration with Republicans' approach to the negotiations. Manar likened it to a constant merry-go-round of chasing the same issues over and over again.