IL no closer to 2018 budget

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he will keep lawmakers in Springfield if a budget does not get passed by tomorrow’s deadline.

Bills for worker’s compensation, state pensions and local government consolidation have been rejected by Republicans who say negotiations are still taking place. Democrats say the bills contain 90 percent of what the governor asked for. A freeze on property taxes requested by Rauner failed to get the needed 71 votes to pass.

The House approved a bill Thursday that would fund 911 past July 1, but with a fee increased opposed by the governor.

If a budget does not get passed tomorrow, IDOT will have to halt projects and schools will face closures without proper funding. State universities and colleges also risk losing federal accreditation if a budget is not passed.

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