Little progress made in Illinois budget talks after closed door meeting

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Organized labor will be at Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's front door at the Capitol.

The power of unions is one of the major sticking points holding up state budget talks.

It's been eleven months since lawmakers agreed on a spending plan.

On Wednesday, a coalition of labor groups plan to march the streets of Springfield.

This comes days after the governor vetoed a bill that sought to go around him in contract negotiations.

Illinois has gone without a budget for 323 days and counting.

The top legislative leaders tried to change that with a closed door meeting.

"After many many months of objection by the Speaker to discuss any types of reform, the Speaker has indicated that we will open negotiations on collective bargaining local governments, pension reform and also workman`s compensation reforms," said House Republican leader Jim Durkin.

"The governor indicated he is supportive of revenue to balance the budget and we`re going to have working groups on his reforms," said Senate President John Cullerton.

But Speaker Madigan didn't sound as optimistic.

Madigan says the reforms Governor Rauner is pushing should not be part of budget negotiations.

The closed door meeting did lead to one agreement; the forming of another work group to talk about Rauner's proposed reforms.

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