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Michael Madigan

Illinois budget still elusive as leaders lash out

As Illinois remains without a budget, legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that is damaging the state's fiscal health every day.

The relationship between ruling Democrats, Republican leaders, and the governor has only grown more toxic after several meetings where both sides are more likely to lash out at each other than to report meaningful progress in passing a full budget that's been overdue since July 1, 2015. The finger-pointing gives little hope legislative leaders can get a budget done by year's end when a six-month partial spending plan expires, leaving...

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