James B. Durkin

Rauner, legislature on track for short-term budget fix

Rauner, legislature on track for short-term budget fix

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders appear on track to resolve an immediate $1.6 billion deficit and avoid running out of money for prison guards and day care programs, though there's no guarantee the rare show of bipartisan cooperation will hold up when the stakes get higher over a new budget in just a few weeks.

The fast-moving, short-term budget fix also put on public display the new political dynamic at the Capitol.

For more than a decade, Democrats controlled the legislature and the governor's mansion, so Republicans were able to vote against budget measures without political repercussions while Democrats had to take tough votes. On Tuesday, Republicans in the House...

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