Illinois lawmakers near session’s end without state budget

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers have one day left to end an 11-month budget stalemate and pass a spending plan for next year before their spring session ends and it becomes more difficult.

Democrats remain deadlocked Tuesday with Gov. Bruce Rauner and his fellow Republicans on how to pass a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Lawmakers need a simple majority to pass a budget before they adjourn Tuesday night. After that they'll need three-fifths support from each chamber.

Rauner wants business-friendly legislation he says will spur economic growth in exchange for signing off on a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit. Democrats say Rauner's ideas hurt the middle class.

The Senate is expected to consider a $7 billion out-of-balance budget passed by the House. But Rauner said he'll veto it.