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Illinois House to vote on $36.5 billion spending bill Friday

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Speaker Michael Madigan says his caucus wants a budget deal but won't  "sacrifice what's important to the middle class" to do it. Speaker Michael Madigan says his caucus wants a budget deal but won't "sacrifice what's important to the middle class" to do it.

WSIL/AP -- House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
    
The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that revenue to pay for the Democrats' plan would rely on an income-tax hike but no legislation has been filed.
    
The state has been without an annual budget since 2015 and faces a July 1 deadline for avoiding starting a third one in a row without a plan.

"It could've been done two years ago. It should have been done two year ago," said Madigan. "It could have been done two years ago if everybody had been reasonable then, and that's the key today."
    
He says talks continue on key issues demanded by the Republican governor. They include restrictions on workers' compensation payouts, pension-benefits savings, local government consolidation and a property tax freeze.
    
Madigan says he will insist Rauner give in on Democrats' demands too - such as signing a school-funding overhaul plan and using a public procurement process to buy managed-care coverage. Madigan says he's met Rauner more than halfway on his requests and it's time for Rauner to give back.

Meanwhile, Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza said if a budget isn't passed, the state won't be able to make core payments in August, including payments for K-12 state aid and even payroll.

Mendoza says while some lawmakers might not see Friday as a critical deadline, the creditors do.
 

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