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The Associated Press compared how the budget proposals by Senate Democrats and House Republicans stack up over the next decade:

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Total spending

Senate Democrats: $46.5 trillion
House Republicans: $41.7 trillion

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Total revenue

Senate Democrats: $41.2 trillion
House Republicans: $40.2 trillion

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10-year deficit

Senate Democrats: $5.4 trillion
House Republicans: $1.4 trillion

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National debt at end of 2023

Senate Democrats: $24.4 trillion
House Republicans: $20.3 trillion

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Social Security

Senate Democrats: $11.3 trillion
House Republicans: $11.3 trillion

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Medicare

Senate Democrats: $6.8 trillion
House Republicans: $6.7 trillion

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Health, including Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program

Senate Democrats: $6.6 trillion
House Republicans: $4.0 trillion

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National defense

Senate Democrats: $6.0 trillion
House Republicans: $6.2 trillion

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Income security, including housing assistance, cash benefits and food stamps

Senate Democrats: $5.6 trillion
House Republicans: $5.0 trillion

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Interest on national debt

Senate Democrats: $5.2 trillion
House Republicans: $4.5 trillion

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Veterans benefits and services

Senate Democrats: $1.7 trillion
House Republicans: $1.7 trillion

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International Affairs, including foreign aid

Senate Democrats: $506 billion
House Republicans: $431 billion

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Education, training, employment and social services

Senate Democrats: $1.1 trillion
House Republicans: $906 billion

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Transportation

Senate Democrats: $919 billion
House Republicans: $801 billion

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Agriculture

Senate Democrats: $205 billion House Republicans: $196 billion

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Natural resources and environment

Senate Democrats: $474 billion
House Republicans: $385 billion

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Community and regional development

Senate Democrats: $268 billion
House Republicans: $88 billion

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Sources: Senate Democratic and House Republican budget proposals.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Southern Illinois University student freed from prison after an appellate court threw out his conviction in an alleged campus threat case may not be out of legal trouble.

Madison County Prosecutor Thomas Gibbons is asking Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal the appellate court's ruling to the state's Supreme Court.

Twenty-seven year old Olutosin Oduwole was released Monday from a prison in Jacksonville. He'd been serving a five year sentence linked to a 2011 conviction of attempting to make a terrorist threat.

Prosecutors say a note found in Oduwole's abandoned car in 2007 threatened a murderous rampage if he wasn't paid $50,000. As an aspiring rapper, Oduwole claimed the writings were just lyrics or other musings.

Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for Madigan, said Gibbons' appellate request was being reviewed.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a stripped-down pension plan that could delay and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees and future retirees.

The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and comes out of a laborious process where lawmakers are addressing the pension problem piece by piece instead of a total overhaul at once. House members voted in favor 66-50 yesterday. It's the third scaled-back pension bill the House has recently approved.

Thursday's proposal says that no cost-of-living increases can be taken until retirees reach 67 years of age, or five years after retirement and applies COLAs only to the first $25,000 of an annual pension.

Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability because for years lawmakers either skipped or shorted payments.
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Friends and family of a metro-east Marine who was killed during a training exercise in Nevada will have a chance to pay their respects in his hometown.

The father of Aaron Ripperda says plans are being made to have the wake for his 26 year old son in Highland, Illinois. Kent Ripperda says a funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church, but plans won't be finalized until there's word about when his son's body will be returned.

Ripperda was killed Monday during an explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot. The 2005 Highland High School graduate was two months from ending his tour of duty with the Marines.

Meridith Funeral Home in Highland is handling arrangements.
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