- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Illinois House will meet to consider a $2.3 billion short-term government spending plan while a budget impasse drags on.

The fiscal outline would allow state government to continue functioning through July will Democrats in the General Assembly wrangle with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner over how much to spend for the year. The fiscal year began last week and the state has no permission to pay bills with tax revenue that’s coming in.

Rauner wants to enact changes in the legal, business and political climates that he says will spur job-creation and raise revenue. The Democrats say those measures aren’t related to the budget and he should negotiate with them over “vital services.”

Rauner objects to a short-term budget. He says it ignores the state’s real needs.

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