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THE ANTICPATED VOTES ON THE SENATE'S BUDGET AND REFORM PACKAGE WERE CANCELLED WEDNESDAY OVER CONCERNS THERE WASN'T ENOUGH REPUBLICAN SUPPORT.
 
TOUGH VOTES ON ISSUES LIKE WORKER'S COMPENSATION REFORM WERE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN CULLERTON ANNOUNCED THE SO-CALLED "GRAND BARGAIN" HAD BEEN PUT ON HOLD. HE SAID GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER PULLED G-O-P VOTES OFF PACKAGE AND THAT THE BALL IS NOW IN HIS COURT.
 
 
SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHRISTINE RADOGNO CALLED THIS LONG NEGOTIATING PROCESS BOTH REWARDS AND FRUSTRATING, AND EXPRESSED OPTIMISM THEY COULD STILL PASS THE SO-CALLED "GRAND BARGAIN."
 
 
A SPOKESPERSON FOR GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS WHILE SOME PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE, MORE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE A GOOD DEAL FOR TAXPAYERS.

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