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Michael Madigan
Rauner prepares closures, spending cuts if no budget deal

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans Tuesday to close state facilities and curtail spending on childcare and senior services if there's no agreement on a state budget by July 1. In a news release that read much like a legislative resolution, the Republican governor also announced plans to kill the $1.5 billion Illiana Expressway between Interstates 55 and 65 south of Chicago. He suspended the work in January, questioning its need. Rauner said his administration would decide on the possible closure of up to two juvenile detention facilities, along with shuttering a southern Illinois minimum-security prison work camp, closing down five state museums and grounding state aircraft. Laying...