Unfortunately, Speaker Madigan pushed through a self-admittedly, unbalanced state budget today. It spends billions of dollars more than is anticipated to be coming into state coffers. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than a cruel game, as the money won’t be there to pay the bills. This is the same situation that led to fund sweeps earlier this spring to pay for childcare for working families, prison guard and court reporter pay. At the end of the day, the money is simply not there. Our schools, social service agencies, and public employees are getting used as pawns in this cruel game. This “budget” is unbalanced and unconstitutional.