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Rauner turns up budget heat on Democrats

Rauner turns up budget heat on Democrats

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent a message to ruling Democratic lawmakers Wednesday by using his veto power to eliminate legislative pay raises as the state entered a new budget year without a spending plan in place. The move came as Democrats pushed a temporary, one-month budget aimed at funneling money to key services such as health care for the poor and state police salaries. Rauner responded by releasing a letter from his budget chief Wednesday saying the measure mirrors the larger Democratic budget plan the governor vetoed that was more than $3 billion out of balance. “This bill marches the taxpayers of Illinois toward an unbalanced budget one month at a time,”...