SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has asked for more time before he delivers his budget address in part to prepare a five-year spending blueprint.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Monday that the governor would like to delay his annual budget speech from Feb. 19 to March 26.
That puts the speech after the March 18th primary election. Anderson notes that many of last 20 budget addresses have been delayed.
Quinn must address the January expiration of the state's temporary income tax hike.
Anderson says the Democrat will outline his plans for the anticipated loss of $2 billion halfway through the year.
But she says the governor will present an outline for income and spending for the next five years to provide taxpayers more "long-term certainty."
Steve Brown is spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. He says the Democratic governor has asked to lay out his budget plan on March 26.
That would be after the March 18 primary election. And it would require a tweak in the law to change it from his Feb. 19 scheduled date.
Brown says the request will appear as an amendment to pending legislation.
Quinn's budget office did not respond to a request for comment.
Quinn must wrestle with the expiration of a temporary income tax hike halfway through the fiscal year that begins July 1. His office estimates that would reduce revenues by $2 billion, forcing deep cuts or new revenue.