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Illinois House To Call $36.5B In Spending, No Revenue Yet

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Illinois House To Call $36.5B In Spending, No Revenue Yet

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that revenue to pay for the Democrats’ plan would rely on […]

Illinois House To Call $36.5B In Spending, No Revenue Yet

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that revenue to pay for the Democrats’ plan would rely on an income-tax hike but no legislation has been filed. The state has been without an annual budget since 2015 and faces a July 1 deadline for avoiding starting a third one in a row without a plan.

He says talks continue key issues demanded by the Republican governor. They include restrictions on workers’ compensation payouts, pension-benefits savings, local government consolidation and a property tax freeze.

Madigan says he will insist Rauner give in on Democrats’ demands too — such as signing a school-funding overhaul plan and using a public procurement process to buy managed-care coverage. Madigan says he’s met Rauner more than halfway on his requests and it’s time for Rauner to give back.
The legislation won House approval 86-24 Thursday after a 47-2 Senate vote a day earlier.
The measure has not been sent to Rauner for action. A Democratic House leader filed a motion for a new vote. That keeps it in the House for now.
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