State Budget Update

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- What if the state legislature threw a party and no one came?

Lawmakers found out this weekend when few of them turned out for sessions.

The sessions were called so that lawmakers could discuss the state budget.

But only 20 of 59 Senators showed up yesterday. And in the House, 46 of 118 representatives were present.

There was more of the same on Saturday.

The state's budget officially expired at midnight Tuesday, and officials remain far apart on some key issues, including health care, construction and gambling.

Insiders say they've made real progress on the basic budget questions and are still negotiating the others.

If a new budget isn't in place by Wednesday, it could interfere with government payrolls and other services.

Lawmakers will be back at it again today.

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