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  Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget director says a one-month spending plan proposed by Democrats is "unconstitutional" because it would lead to an unbalanced budget. In a memo to Rauner Wednesday, Tim Nuding says that if the $2.3 billion proposal were applied over the full fiscal year it would spend $4 billion more than Illinois expects in revenue. Nuding's assessment is the clearest indication yet that Rauner - and likely most Republican legislators - won't support the temporary budget when it's called for a vote Wednesday.

The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down legislation that tried to cut retirement benefits for thousands of state workers. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has asked the Illinois Supreme Court for an expedited hearing of her appeal of a lower court's declaration the state's pension overhaul is unconstitutional.  

Illinois' pension law failed its first test today. However, that's not the end to questions about its constitutionality.

NRA against IL gun restrictions

May 6, 2013