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Illinois State Reps Discuss Budget Ahead of Special Session

The pressure is on for Illinois lawmakers to strike a budget deal before July 1, the start of the next fiscal year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called the General Assembly back to Springfield for a 10-day special session starting Wednesday.

If Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate can’t agree on a plan by June 30, it will mark the third consecutive year Illinois has started the fiscal year without a budget

A lack of compromise has put the state in a perilous position: school districts and universities are starved for funding and the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to possibly halt projects, while credit rating agencies have warned that Illinois could become the first state with a junk-bond status.

Joining us from both sides of the aisle to offer their insights before heading back to Springfield are state Reps. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, and David Harris, R-Arlington Heights.

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