Illinois lawmakers fail to pass budget, miss spring deadline

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers missed their deadline to pass a budget during their spring session.

The work for a budget will now continue into June for a second year in a row.

House Democrats did not vote on a plan passed by the Senate. Now it will take a three-fifths majority to pass a budget instead of a simple majority.

That means Democrats will need some Republican support.

Last year lawmakers agreed to a short term budget to keep school open instead of agreeing to a full year plan.

Illinois has over $14 billion in unpaid bills.

According to Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson, this is longest a state has gone without a budget deal since the Great Depression.

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