SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Day 324 of the state's budget battle and the clock is ticking on the spring legislative session.
Governor Rauner spoke to a group of business owners today said he`s still optimistic.
“We can get a deal. And think what we've got to do is stay positive,” he said.
But the rank and file lawmakers have grown weary.
Lawmakers have until May 31 to pass a budget with a simple majority and they have until July 1 to pass a budget with a super majority. But another deadline is looming. This is an election year. And few lawmakers have shown willingness to compromise.
WGN’s Tahman Bradley has more from Springfield.