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Heather Steans

Illinois governor, lawmakers nearing budget deal

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the General Assembly are nearing agreement on a plan to keep government open past Thursday's end of the fiscal year and ensure schools open in August, lawmakers said Wednesday.

The tentative agreement emerged after a day of hours-long meetings between Rauner and Democratic leaders and could be brought up for votes on the House and Senate floors Thursday — the day before the state is set to enter its second fiscal year without a spending plan.

Aides to Rauner and the Democratic leaders were not commenting on the tentative deal Wednesday evening. But Democratic Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago lawmaker involved in the budget...