By Karen Kidd | DuPage Policy Journal
With the so-called "Grand Bargain" compromise budget deal expected on the Senate floor next week, an Illinois House representative from Wheaton says it's harder to get people to understand an alternative proposal than it is to get it to the House floor.
"You talk about our struggle," Illinois State House Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) told the DuPage Policy Journal during a phone interview. "Our struggle is just getting people to understand what we're trying to do and actually report on it in a reasonable way. That's our struggle."
Ives has thrown her support behind legislation derived from a proposal developed by a Chicago-based conservative think tank that -- unlike the Senate's Grand Bargain -- would reduce spending, provide property tax relief and implement needed reforms. However, Ives said, she also has no illusions about the chances of an alternative budgetary proposal: it will have a tough fight just to be heard...
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