Legislative Leaders Meet With Rauner, Report No Progress

The General Assembly is in session Tuesday

The four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly met with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday, less than 48 hours before a deadline to have a state budget deal in place.

Democratic legislative leaders reported no progress.

The Republican governor and lawmakers have been at a stalemate for weeks over a spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which starts Wednesday. Rauner wants spending cuts and business reforms; Democrats say they need to fund vital services with a tax increase, along with cuts.

Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton attended. Their spokesmen said no progress was made toward a resolution.

The General Assembly is in session Tuesday. Rauner is attempting to find agreement for a plan to keep paying state workers if the standoff continues.

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