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.