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If Democrat lawmakers won’t go along with the governor’s proposed reforms in exchange for GOP support for tax increases, the governor provided another choice to give him broader budget authority to manage the state’s limited resources. Leaders from both parties are reacting.

Speaker Michael Madigan said giving the governor broader authority to make cuts or shift funds to fill budget holes differs from his constitutional power through line item veto.

Governor Rauner said lawmakers must make the choice between the two options without delay.

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