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WITH JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT IN THE SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION…BUDGET TALKS SEEM TO HAVE HIT SOME SPEED BUMPS. 
 
DEMOCRATIC SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN CULLERTON IS SUGGESTING THEY PASS A SHORT TERM BUDGET WHILE THEY CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE A LARGER SPENDING PLAN. REPUBLICANS, LIKE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER JIM DURKIN, ARE DISMISSING THAT IDEA AND EXPRESSING THEIR FRUSTRATION.
 
BIPARTISAN WORKING GROUPS ARE INDICATING THEY ARE GETTING CLOSER TO REACHING A DEAL AND GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS HIS REFORMS MUST BE A PART OF THE PACKAGE. THE HOUSE DID PASS A BUDGET BUT IT’S ESTIMATED TO BE SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS OUT OF BALANCE.
 
A BUDGET DEAL REMAINS UP IN THE AIR AS SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN CULLERTON SUGGESTS THEY JUST PASS A SHORT TERM BUDGET FOR NOW AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS APPROVE A PLAN THAT IS SEVERELY UNDERFUNDED. BUT THE GOVERNOR AND HIS BUDGET DIRECTOR TIM NUDING REMAIN OPTIMIST THAT A BIPARTISAN WORKING GROUP THAT’S BEEN MEETING WILL BE ABLE TO AGREE TO BALANCED BUDGET AND REFORMS.
 
THE LEGISLATURE IS SCHEDULED TO ADJOURN TUESDAY. AFTER THAT DATE, IT TAKES MORE VOTES TO PASS A BUDGET OR ANY OTHER BILLS.

 

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