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Christine Radogno

Cullerton says time to hit 'reset' on state budget talks

Senate President John Cullerton said it's time to "hit the reset button" on budget talks and challenged Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday to offer a new spending plan after rejecting most of what legislative Democrats sent him. The Chicago Democrat also used his first high-profile news conference since May to dismiss Rauner's claims that a stalemate over a July 1 fiscal year budget could be easier resolved without House Speaker Michael Madigan. Much of the public bickering during overtime legislative sessions on the budget has been between Rauner and Madigan. In weekly news conferences, the Democrat paints proposed pro-business agenda items Rauner wants before a...