- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched television ads criticizing House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Illinois Democrats as unwilling to cut spending and interested only in raising taxes.

The ads that began airing Tuesday are paid for by a committee created to support the Republican governor’s agenda. Rauner and billionaire businessman Sam Zell are donors.

Lawmakers are at an impasse over a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Democrats approved a plan that’s at least $3 billion short of revenues. Rauner says he won’t sign it until Democrats approve measures he says create jobs.

Madigan told reporters Tuesday that the television ad is “extreme” and “moderation” is needed in budget negotiations.

He says the House will be in “continuous session” all summer and ready to work with Rauner.

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