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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But it turned down authority to implement it.  The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.  

A new poll says Illinois voters are divided on what to do about the state’s financial problems.

The poll puts Illinois' deficit at $10 billion, and gives voters three choices for how to fix it: raise taxes, cut "waste and inefficiency," or both.

Cuts were the most popular answer at 45 percent. Just 11 percent favored only raising taxes; about a third said do both.

Paradoxically, when you ask voters about specific areas to cut, most are rejected. Support was strongest for spending on education, poor people, and individuals with disabilities.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's urged Republican state senators to keep negotiating for a budget compromise that's a good deal for taxpayers.  The Illinois Senate has been working for months to pass a so-called "grand bargain" that could resolve a nearly two-year state budget impasse. 

A stopgap spending plan that Illinois lawmakers approved this summer in the midst of a long-lasting budget crisis is quickly draining the state's rainy day fund.   Experts say Illinois should have $1.5 to $3 billion to help weather an economic downturn.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says the state's income tax should be restored to the 5% level it was at until January.

University of Illinois trustees are set to vote on a resolution urging state lawmakers to end an impasse and pass a budget. The resolution also says the university took steps to cut spending and plans for "shared sacrifice" in light of state financial challenges.

Democratic leaders and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner remain far apart on how to bridge a $6 billion revenue gap as they turn to the 2016 state budget.  

The Democratic leader of the Illinois Senate says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is "as unworkable as it is unconscionable."

Rachel Otwell

Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing deep spending cuts across state government. The Republican presented his first budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

Il House could vote on leaner budget Friday

May 23, 2014

The Illinois House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a budget that would make drastic cuts across state government. This is the budget Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats have been warning about. It would cut spending across Illinois government, from prisons to human services to schools.