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There remains hope in some circles that state lawmakers and the governor can reach a deal on a full operating budget by the May 31st adjournment date. Jak Tichenor at Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute says progress has been made on some key issues.
And Tichenor says there’s been some back and forth on the pension reform item.
The state’s unpaid bills now total over 14.4 billion dollars and the state has not had a full fiscal year operating budget for two years. 

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