Blagojevich Budget

CHICAGO (AP) -- Governor Rod Blagojevich says he is gearing up for a special legislative session he ordered to deal with the budget that starts tomorrow

He said in Chicago yesterday that the session will last "however long it takes" to get a budget, something the Democrats who dominate state government have so far failed to agree on.

Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones want to increase business taxes and legalize more casinos to generate five (b) billion dollars for health care and education.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and the Republican leadership want little new spending in a much smaller budget.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown dismissed Blagojevich's suggestion that the budget impasse was inevitable. Brown says it could have been avoided had the governor offered a realistic plan.


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