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Kimberly Lightford

Illinois GOP calls Democrats' college spending bill a hoax

Illinois Democrats approved $721.5 million for tuition grants and community colleges Thursday, a move Republicans called an empty promise because there's no budget and the spending measure likely will be vetoed.

The action from Democrats only served to highlight the chasm between the two parties when it comes to settling the state's finances, one day after Gov. Bruce Rauner urged lawmakers to cast aside partisanship during his State of the State address.

The governor's budget office said in a letter to lawmakers that Rauner is being advised to veto their idea because there's no revenue for it and its not connected to any spending cuts to make up for it.

Rep. Jim...