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John J Cullerton

Senate Democrats emerge as top foes of Rauner budget cuts

Senate Democrats emerge as top foes of Rauner budget cuts

As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner tries to win approval for a state budget with severe spending cuts, Senate Democrats have emerged as the loudest opponents, holding news conferences and committee hearings to denounce the governor's proposals as "unworkable" and "unconscionable." The latest front in that effort unfolded Monday, when lawmakers grilled Rauner's newly appointed social services chief at a Chicago hearing packed with low-income parents, people with disabilities and senior citizens who said they rely on the services that Rauner plans to cut back. One by one, the Democratic senators questioned Gregory Bassi, acting secretary of the Department of...

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