- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislative analysts predict that Illinois revenue will grow only by $200 million this year - less than 1 percent.

The bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability’s figure released Tuesday is significantly lower than Gov. Bruce Rauner’s. A commission report says the Republican governor counts $925 million in revenue it described as “unlikely to uncertain.”

The administration counts on $500 million in federal Medicaid reimbursement under an obsolete formula, $200 million from a possibly complex sale of the Thompson Center state office building in Chicago; and sweeping the state’s “rainy day” fund of $275 million.

Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly pointed out Rauner’s plans for boosting the economy through business-friendly laws will save money.

The commission says a sluggish economy is crimping income and sales tax revenue.

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Online: https://cgfa.ilga.gov/

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