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Lisa Madigan

Illinois considers stopgap budget in face of impending shutdown

CHICAGO Illinois lawmakers won't pass a budget by the fiscal year's start and instead will authorize a one-month continuation of spending to avoid a shutdown, House Speaker Michael Madigan said. With a new budget year beginning Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner remained far apart on how to close a deficit of at least $6.2 billion. "Tomorrow, there will be no budget," Madigan told reporters Tuesday in Springfield, the state capital. Madigan said Democrats would vote Wednesday on a one-month, $2.2 billion spending plan that would avert a shutdown of services such as Medicaid, child care and assistance to the developmentally...