By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democrats in the Illinois Legislature on Thursday are expected to continue to advance the remaining pieces of a $36.3 billion budget proposal that Republicans are criticizing as unbalanced.

Among the outstanding parts is a component of a school funding plan, where Democrats say they plan to increase education spending by at least $240 million.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are looking to Gov. Bruce Rauner to help them pass a tax increase to make up the more than $3 billion difference. But the Republican governor says he wants some of his legislative agenda approved first.

A Senate committee could vote on proposals addressing changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on properties taxes Thursday. A Rauner-backed proposal on workers’ compensation reform was voted down Wednesday.

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