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John J Cullerton
Senate Democrats introduce bill to plug part of budget hole

Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday introduced a plan that would allow special funds to be used to help plug part of a $1.6 billion budget hole, a proposal that Gov. Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff immediately rejected as a "half-baked" attempt at solving a problem. The legislation, passed by an appropriations committee along party lines, would allow Rauner to use $580 million in special state funds established through the lobbying efforts of special interest groups over the years. The funds, drawn from state services and fees, are for specific purposes including roads and radiation protection. The $580 million is roughly one-third of the revenue Rauner has said...