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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Budget battle drags on in Illinois

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Budget battle drags on in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Democrats are sending Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner budget bills even as both sides remain deadlocked over a spending plan. The House and Senate this week each sent two of nearly two dozen budget bills to Rauner’s desk. Senate President John Cullerton’s office says more will follow next week. Rauner and […]

Budget battle drags on in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Democrats are sending Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner budget bills even as both sides remain deadlocked over a spending plan.

The House and Senate this week each sent two of nearly two dozen budget bills to Rauner’s desk. Senate President John Cullerton’s office says more will follow next week.

Rauner and Democrats, who control the Legislature, are at a budget impasse for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Democrats approved a plan that’s over $3 billion short of anticipated revenue. They want Rauner to OK a tax increase, but Rauner first wants other reforms.

Legislators are meeting in overtime sessions with few signs of progress.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that Rauner has already said the budget is “unacceptable” and there’s no reason that a deal can’t be reached by July.

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