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Cullerton Urges Rauner Not To Quit On Budget

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Cullerton Urges Rauner Not To Quit On Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner not to throw in the towel yet on getting budget deal by Saturday. Republican Rauner issued a statement Wednesday that daily special sessions would continue until there’s a spending-plan agreement if lawmakers miss the July 1 start of the fiscal year. Cullerton is […]

Cullerton Urges Rauner Not To Quit On Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner not to throw in the towel yet on getting budget deal by Saturday.

Republican Rauner issued a statement Wednesday that daily special sessions would continue until there’s a spending-plan agreement if lawmakers miss the July 1 start of the fiscal year. Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. Spokesman John Patterson issued a statement asking Rauner to use the rest of the week to work on a pact.The statement said: “Now is not the time for the governor to give up. Now is the time to find agreement. People are counting on us.”

The state has been without a budget for two years. If there’s no deal by Saturday, bond-rating houses have threatened to label the state’s creditworthiness “junk.”
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Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he’ll extend a legislative special session until they “get the job done.”

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