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State budget problems continue in Springfield


The clock is ticking on a state budget, but Illinois lawmakers are simply blaming the other guy for the lack of progress. Democrats in the Illinois House yesterday told statehouse reporters they're willing to compromise and even have a few suggestions on workers' comp and tax relief.


But House Republicans quickly followed-up and said the Democratic olive branches have all been pulled away at the last second. Lawmakers are supposed to have a budget by the end of the month.

Democrats in the Illinois Senate hope the third time is the charm for their grand bargain. Leaders yesterday announced they are abandoning an 'all or nothing' approach with the package of tax increases. Republicans refused to support nearly seven-billion dollars more in taxes without spending cuts. Democratic leaders in the Senate say they expect to vote today on pieces of what they hope will become a new state budget.

 

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