State Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Lawmakers are back in Springfield today for a special session of the Illinois Legislature.

Governor Rod Blagojevich called the session to try to break the impasse over a multi-(B)billion-dollar budget.

The session will cost the state thousands of dollars a day. But the governor says it's worth the cost to increase pressure on lawmakers to reach a budget agreement.

Many contend it makes no sense for rank-and-file lawmakers to spend seven days a week in Springfield when Blagojevich and the legislative leaders aren't even close to a budget deal.

Today, the Illinois House is scheduled to meet as a single committee to consider the governor's proposal to privatize the state lottery.

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