Cullerton tells Rauner to give lawmakers a budget

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CHICAGO--Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is throwing the ball back in Gov. Bruce Rauner's court to do something to end the state's budget impasse.

In a Wednesday morning news conference,  Cullerton said Rauner needs to send them a spending plan or risk another downgrading of Iliinois' bond rating, which is already among the lowest in the country.

Rauner has said he will only approve a budget if it includes his pro-business proposals, but Cullerton echoed House Speaker Michael Madigan's contention that Rauner's proposals should not be tied to the budget.

Illinois budget expired June 30.

Cullerton says 60% of any new budget is already earmarked for mandatory expenditures.

He says it's up to Rauner to decide how he thinks the rest of the money should be spent.

Cullerton says he's willing to talk with Rauner about his proposed property tax freeze, but he says there is not enough support from either party for Rauner's plan to weaken union bargaining powers.

Cullerton called some of Rauner's bills "pretty radical."


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