A stalemate persists, as Illinois begins a tenth month without a budget. Legislators are back in Springfield after a spring break. And they now have a few months to also find an agreement on a new budget, to cover next year.
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says the urgency to pass a budget has heightened:
"It has been urgent all along, but I think in large part people have been shielded from that urgency, because they don't all use all the services of the state of Illinois."