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Rauner serves a veto and a lifeline

Rauner serves a veto and a lifeline

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday he has vetoed the state budget that lawmakers passed in May, except for education appropriations, which he has approved. His rejection of a spending plan that was hopelessly unbalanced came with a significant offer to Democratic leaders. In essence, the governor said, work with me here and we can save Chicago and its school system. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton focused on the sweeping budget veto. Surprise! They didn't like it. But they, and Illinois citizens, ought to take what happened Thursday as a significant offer to find agreement. Rauner gave financially besieged Chicago, Cook County and the Chicago...