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Illinois Democrats, GOP Remain Far Apart in Budget Talks

November 16, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is suggesting lawmakers work on another partial budget without any of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands. However GOP legislative leaders say they won’t agree to another stopgap plan.

Madigan’s comments Tuesday indicate the parties remain far apart in discussions about how to end a 16-month budget standoff that has crippled social service programs and higher education institutions. Rauner wants Democrats to adopt business-friendly, union-weakening legislation as part of a budget agreement.

The state currently has a six-month spending plan through December. Madigan said after a meeting with the Republican governor and GOP leaders that he wants another six-month budget. But Republicans said afterward that’s not what they discussed and that they were confused by Madigan’s comments.

Another meeting between Rauner and legislative leaders is planned for Wednesday.

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