Rauner vows state budget cuts; lawmakers react

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner is delivering on what he promised to do; he campaigned on reining in deficit spending and shaking up business as usual in Springfield.

The governor wants to cut state aid to businesses and prisons, the poor and elderly as he takes Springfield’s stalemate over spending to a bare-knuckles level.

Through a spokesman, he called House Speaker Mike Madigan’s and Senate President John Cullerton’s budgets “phony and broken,” as he announced planned cuts to 9 different state departments as part of what he calls his turnaround agenda.

One or two juvenile detention centers will close; so will several state museums.

He is also increasing co-payments for the Child Care Assistance Program, and putting in income limits on the Community Care program for the elderly; and he is pulling the plug on the Illiana Expressway project.

Most of these cuts would take place beginning July 1st.

A spokesman for Senate President Cullerton says the governor is being divisive, rather than working on a bipartisan agreement.

Rauner held a cabinet meeting this afternoon in Springfield to talk more about his budget priorities.

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