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With hopes for a full state budget deal by today's deadline slipping away, Gov. Bruce Rauner is suggesting lawmakers agree to an interim budget package that would provide the funds needed for school bells to ring this fall.

 

Rauner budget chief Tim Nuding issued a memo saying an interim budget bill should keep government up and running and while protecting public health, welfare and safety. The stopgap spending plan would pay for K through 12 education.

 

Another $600 million would go to higher education. Other dollars would go to food for prisons, fuel for the state's vehicle fleet and utility payments for state buildings.

 

Rauner is meeting with the four legislative leaders this morning. House Speaker Madigan says a stopgap plan won't pass today.

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