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Illinois House Moves Forward on Temporary State Budget



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    An Illinois House committee has endorsed a $2.3 billion stop-gap budget plan, but Gov. Bruce Rauner says he opposes it.

    The Executive Committee OK'd the temporary plan 7-4 Wednesday. Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie — a Chicago Democrat — says the House will act on the plan Thursday.

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    It's designed to keep state government operating through July while Democrats in the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wrangle over a long-term budget plan for the fiscal year that began last week.

    Rauner wouldn't say Wednesday whether he would veto a temporary budget if it was sent to him. He released what he said were compromises on his business-climate reforms and said lawmakers must adopt them before discussing a tax increase Democrats prefer.

    A Cook County court ruled Tuesday that without a budget, paychecks to workers cannot be cut after mid-July.

    The House plans to be in session Thursday, too. The Senate returns next week.

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