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Gov. Rauner, Legislative Leaders Meet Again on Budget

The meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Chicago would be the third in as many weeks as Rauner and lawmakers try to reach a deal to end the stalemate

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    Illinois governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. Dating back to the 1880s, the Pullman district, on the city's Far South Side, is one of the country's first company towns. The "town" was founded by George Pullman to house workers at his now-defunct Pullman Palace Car Co., which made luxurious rail cars. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    The Illinois budget impasse now in its sixth month will be at the center of discussions during another meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    The meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Chicago would be the third in as many weeks as Rauner and lawmakers try to reach a deal to end the stalemate.

    Democrats who control the Legislature want a tax increase and spending cuts to address a multibillion-dollar deficit. Rauner wants changes in laws to make business operations cheaper and to curb union power.

    Rauner will meet with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton as well as GOP leaders Sen. Christine Radogno and Rep. Jim Durkin.

    Illinois has been operating without a spending plan since July 1.

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