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Governor Rauner warns legislators of long extra session

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Governor Rauner warns legislators of long extra session

May 31 deadline for the Legislature to pass a new state budget and adjourn its spring session is fast approaching

Governor Rauner warns legislators of long extra session

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner is warning Illinois lawmakers they should “expect a very long extra session” if they don’t approve some of his legislative priorities.

The Republican published an opinion column Thursday in The (Springfield) State Journal-Register.

He notes the May 31 deadline for the Legislature to pass a new state budget and adjourn its spring session is fast approaching. Rauner says he won’t consider approving a tax increase to help fill a $6 billion budget deficit unless legislators pass “major reforms” he wants.

Among Rauner’s priorities are reducing the cost of workers’ compensation insurance, stripping power from labor unions and term limits.

Democrats who control the Legislature say Rauner’s agenda would hurt working people. It’s prompted a standoff over the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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