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Barbara Flynn Currie

Democrats warn Illinois could go broke without state budget

Illinois will run out of money to operate in a matter of months if lawmakers can't agree on a state budget, top Democrats warned Thursday, but they reiterated they won't bow to Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands to weaken public-worker unions for a deal. House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie and state Sen. Kwame Raoul said the Republican governor should drop his push to let local governments opt out of collective bargaining, a move they say would lead to lower wages and a less-qualified workforce. Currie said Rauner should instead be worrying about the state money "going out the door at a very fast clip." Both parties estimate Illinois is on track to spend about $5...