Illinois Senate approves temporary budget

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating.

The $2.3 billion spending plan covers "essential" services such as police protection but adds payroll for all 64,500 state workers. The vote was 39-0 with 15 "present" votes.

The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He opposes a temporary budget during a spending standoff between the governor and Democratic majorities in the General Assembly.

Rauner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two sides have been locked in a battle over the budget for weeks. Rauner vetoed a $36 billion blueprint fashioned by Democrats who acknowledged it wasn't balanced. They say a tax increase is necessary but Rauner disagrees.

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