- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address.

The Chicago Democrat signed legislation Wednesday pushing his annual budget speech from Feb. 19 to March 26.

That puts the speech after the March 18 primary election.

Despite objections from Republicans, the state Senate voted 37-15 to pass the measure. The House signed off by a 62-48 vote on Tuesday.

State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine was among Republicans raising objections, calling the request for more time a “political sham.”

But Democrats, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, say Quinn needs more time.

Quinn plans to outline a five-year spending blueprint. He also must wrestle with the expiration of a temporary income tax hike halfway through the fiscal year.

The bill is SB1227

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