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GOP targets Democrats who voted 'yes' on Illinois budget

Illinois House Republicans are launching automated phone calls blasting Democrats who voted for a state spending plan they say would lead to a $7 billion budget deficit.

The House GOP's campaign organization is starting the so-called "robocalls" Thursday to voters in seven legislative districts where Republicans hope to unseat incumbents in November.

The recording accuses lawmakers of siding with House Speaker Michael Madigan "to increase Illinois' debt by $7 billion and force record high income tax rates."

Democrats on Wednesday approved the spending plan hours after it was introduced.

They say it's an "insurance policy" that...

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