State Budget Update

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois is entering a tenth day without a state budget.

That threatens the delivery of $170 million in aid to schools around the state, as well as paychecks for thousands of state employees.

Yesterday began with legislators hoping to approve a budget -- despite Governor Rod Blagojevich's objections -- 70 days after the legislative session was supposed to end.

The $59 billion spending plan would give education a major increase and provide for about eleven-hundred new state employees while providing little new money for other programs.

It relies on natural revenue growth rather than tax increases.

The House and Senate each wound up passing a version, but neither one was sent to the governor.

House Speaker Michael Madigan abandoned plans to give final approval to the budget after the Senate made changes without consulting him.


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