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Governor Rauner launches ads targeting House Speaker Michael Madigan

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Governor Rauner launches ads targeting House Speaker Michael Madigan

Lawmakers are at an impasse over a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1

Governor Rauner launches ads targeting House Speaker Michael Madigan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched TV ads criticizing House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Illinois Democrats as unwilling to cut spending and interested only in raising taxes.

The ads that began airing Tuesday are paid for by a committee created to support the Republican governor’s agenda. Rauner and billionaire businessman Sam Zell have been its only donors.

Lawmakers are at an impasse over a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Democrats approved a plan that’s at least $3 billion short of revenues. Rauner says he won’t sign it until Democrats approve measures he says will create jobs.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says the ads aren’t helpful to lawmakers’ negotiations. He says Democrats remain willing to work “cooperatively and professionally” to avoid a shutdown of state services.

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By Colin Jeffery

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