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Michael Madigan

Spending bill advances, Chicago tax plan criticized

Illinois lawmakers on Thursday passed plans to finance at least some of the state services not being paid for during the state budget stalemate — emergency food assistance, help for children with developmental delays and prizes for big lottery winners. But those moves seem likely to run into the continued objections of Gov. Bruce Rauner as he and Democrats in the legislature disagree over state spending. A plan by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to address some of that city's financial troubles through a property tax increase, part of which would need state approval, received a chilly reception at the Capitol, too. The House Executive Committee passed a human-services funding bill,...