Rauner begins anti-Democrat blitz; budget standoff begins

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois awaits a barrage of anti-Democrat political ads as Gov. Bruce Rauner insists his changes to Illinois' business and political climate are intertwined with finding a fair state budget solution.

Legislative Democrats want a tax increase to close a $3 billion gap in their proposed budget. Lawmakers left town Sunday without agreement. A spokesman for Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says voters will balance ad messages with what their legislators tell them.

The summer could drag on. Without a budget deal by mid-July, paychecks will be affected; by early August, school funding would be disrupted.

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1 Comment

  • Ridiculous

    More taxes increases in Illinois? Illinois is already one of the most heavenly taxed states in the country. Why can’t the decrats govern with what is given already or better yet lower taxes to its residents, it always seems to increase taxes and drive up cost of living, I guess it’s time to leave Illinois because it is getting too expensive.

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