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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Budget Stalemate

The state has been without a budget for 719 days—but don’t blame the Illinois Senate. Those lawmakers crafted a compromise spending plan that passed May 23, although no Republican senators voted for it. 

Republican lawmakers in both chambers have drafted a “Compromise Balanced Budget Plan.” The package of bills aims to address key issues on the Republican agenda. (See a side-by-side comparison here.)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a special session starting Wednesday to force the House and Senate to work out a budget that he would be willing to sign before the July 1 fiscal year deadline.

Joining host Carol Marin to talk about the impasse is Senate President John Cullerton.

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