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Quinn To Make Good on 'Lean' Budget

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    Following comments last week saying next year's Illinois budget will be "lean," Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to keep his word with a $52.7 billion plan that incldes $1 billion in spending cuts.

    "We have to be very, very frugal," the Chicago Democrat said Friday during a visit to the Chicago Auto Show.  "But I believe in investing in education and health care, public safety. We have to do those things to have a good state."

    Part of the proposal Quinn will release at noon Wednesday includes ending Illinois Cares Rx, a Medicare prescription-drug assistance program launched by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2006, and cutting from health care services for state Medicaid residents. 

    The budget relies on borrowing a whopping $8.75 billion to pay state bills.

    "It's a balancing act," Quinn said last week. "It's going to be not a year where we will have extravagance in any way shape or form."