- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The latest on the last day of lawmakers’ deadline to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget veto. (All times local):

4:53 p.m.

The Illinois House has approved the idea of a second short-term July budget. But it adjourned Wednesday without taking a final vote.

The House conducted a daylong hearing with testimony from clients of essential state services about their struggles. The state’s fiscal year is two weeks old and there still isn’t an approved budget.

The Legislature already approved a $2.3 billion, temporary spending plan but Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he opposes it.

Wednesday’s spending proposal would provide $18 million for domestic violence victims, autism services and more.

The plan was part of an amendment to another legislative measure. It was adopted 55-0 with 23 “present” votes but needs another final tally before going to the Senate.

The House returns Tuesday.

3:50 p.m.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says she’ll keep issuing state employee paychecks during the budget impasse unless the state Supreme Court intervenes.

Her office processed payroll this week despite conflicting rulings from two judges. She publicized her intentions in more than half a dozen interviews with news media outlets Wednesday, including The Associated Press.

Last week a Cook County judge said only some employees covered by federal minimum wage law could get paid, but the action was put on hold. A St. Clair County judge later ruled state workers can receive their entire paychecks.

On Monday Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed an emergency appeal with the high court.

Munger tells The AP if the Supreme Court agrees with the Cook County judge, she’ll stop issuing paychecks. She adds it’s “irresponsible” of lawmakers to not approve a budget.

3:01 p.m.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’ll call a vote on a bill that will allocate millions of state dollars for domestic violence victims, autism services, cancer screenings and other programs while lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner remain at a budget impasse.

The Chicago Democrat told reporters the vote would be called on Wednesday afternoon. He spoke as his chamber was taking testimony from several organizations about the difficulties of working without a state budget.

Other groups named in a bill that surfaced Wednesday included the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Madigan says lawmakers are identifying priorities as they come along.

The approach comes after Rauner vetoed much of the budget that Democratic legislators sent him. Meanwhile, the Senate approved a temporary budget and readied to send it to Rauner.

2:17 p.m.

Parents of children with disabilities and organizers of state-funded programs helping survivors of domestic abuse are testifying in the Illinois House about how the budget impasse is affecting them.

Groups say their employees are taking furloughs, extending lines of credit and are left in limbo without a state budget. Some provide care to children with disabilities, others help survivors of domestic abuse.

Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner remain deadlocked on a spending plan for the fiscal year that began in July. Overtime sessions in Springfield haven’t produced an agreement.

1:15 p.m.

The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating.

The $2.3 billion spending plan covers “essential” services such as police protection but adds payroll for all 64,500 state workers. The vote was 39-0 with 15 “present” votes.

The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He opposes a temporary budget during a spending standoff between the governor and Democratic majorities in the General Assembly.

Rauner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two sides have been locked in a battle over the budget for weeks. Rauner vetoed a $36 billion blueprint fashioned by Democrats who acknowledged it wasn’t balanced. They say a tax increase is necessary but Rauner disagrees.


12:24 p.m.

The Illinois Senate will vote on a property tax freeze proposed by the chamber’s Democratic President John Cullerton, who calls it a compromise with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Senate Executive Committee forwarded the measure on a 10-0 vote Wednesday. The three Republicans voted “present.”

Cullerton’s plan includes an ending date for the current school funding formula to force lawmakers to devise a fairer approach.

Rauner insists on a property tax freeze as part of a reform agenda designed to lower costs for Illinois taxpayers and businesses. Democratic lawmakers won’t go alone.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN’-yoh) says Cullerton’s plan is not a compromise because it doesn’t include the local government spending controls that Rauner wants.


11:37 a.m.

The president of the Illinois Senate is moving forward with legislation he says is a compromise with Gov. Bruce Rauner on a property tax freeze.

Lawmakers aligned with Sen. John Cullerton said Wednesday that the Chicago Democrat’s plan also would set an ending date for the current way schools are funded to force lawmakers to reach a consensus on a fairer approach.

Rauner says a property tax freeze is one of the reforms necessary for him to negotiate a state budget deal. There’s no agreement on a plan even though the new fiscal year began July 1.

The Senate also plans to consider a one-month temporary budget to keep state government operating.

Senate Democrats say they hope they’ll get a chance Wednesday afternoon to vote on overriding the veto of that $36 billion package.

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