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No Budget Deal by Midnight Deadline — Madigan

No Budget Deal by Midnight Deadline — Madigan

But House lawmakers offered up a glimmer of hope with a bipartisan 90-25 test vote to approve a $36.5 billion spending plan fueled by a $5 billion income tax increase.

Downstate Republicans were generally supportive, and only one area representative - freshman Rep. Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville - voted no. Others - including Bennett and Reps. "And how they got there is just really a sad state of affairs", McKinney said.

"He's regularly sabotaged anything that's been attempted so far", Brown said of the governor. For starters, Comptroller Susana Mendoza has said she will be unable to cover the basic state services ordered paid by courts, and the Illinois State Department of Transportation has halted all of its road constriction projects.

The 4.95 percent rate is close to the 5 percent rate that IL taxpayers paid for four years after lawmakers raised taxes in the lame-duck session after the 2010 election. It included a permanent tax hike that would have started retroactively on January 1.

House Democrats have compromised on the vast majority of the governor's pre-conditions to a budget. While the income tax rate hike remains at 4.95 percent, streaming and satellite fees have been removed.

They are leaving behind a state debt burden so high it already works out at $12,000 for every IL citizen.

The girl, who was born without a lung, urged politicians to pass a budget.

In a sign that negotiations are progressing, Republicans and Democrats advanced a measure that could serve as the spending plan for a budget, if a deal is reached.

"Obviously, things are heading in the wrong direction", McSweeney said. "The characterization on the revenue package in and of itself as something that Democrats are gaining from this".

The House will vote Sunday on a revenue plan after all.

The House took no action before the end of the spring session on May 31.

Durkin said he couldn't predict if a budget will happen by midnight.

Rauner says he'll keep calling special sessions until legislators pass a budget.

IL is less than 24 hours from beginning a third straight year without a budget.

"There's much work yet to be done", Madigan said.

Lawmakers in Springfield have blown the deadline for okaying a state budget for a record three-years in a row.

"All of those people will continue to work through the weekend", Madigan said.

We will be continuing our progress toward passing a balanced budget.

"I still contend that these matters be resolved very quickly", Durkin said. "I want this done today".

"You know because you're part of the negotiations that there will be no bills to call tomorrow".

Bill Brady speaks to reporters.

Many say the state's massive spending and pension debt is hurting economic development. Republican floor leader state Rep. Steve Anderson screamed "Knock it off".

In a related note, Senate Republicans have elevated Sen. If it doesn't happen, S&P Global Ratings say IL will probably lose its investment grade status and become the first USA state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as "junk". From there, it needs Illinois Senate approval. Other states have consequences to deter late spending plans.

Lawmakers returned to work Saturday after missing a key deadline to prevent the state from starting an unprecedented third consecutive fiscal year without a budget. It also includes $2.4 billion in cuts. It must still be read a third time and passed.

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