Quinn Given More Time To Prepare Budget

The Illinois Senate has voted to give Gov. Pat Quinn more time to deliver a budget to lawmakers.

Quinn was to give his budget address on Wednesday. However, House Bill 308 delays the speech until March 18.

Because the measure was approved earlier by the House, all it needs is Quinn's approval to become law.

Quinn, who took office Jan. 29 when former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office, asked for the extra time. He said Blagojevich's staff didn't cooperate during the few weeks leading up to the transition.

Although his office has announced spending freezes, Quinn has been mum about his budget plans.

State Comptroller Dan Hynes has warned the state budget could have a $9 billion deficit next year.


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