- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A nonpartisan Chicago watchdog group has released a report citing major concerns with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget plan for next year.

The Civic Federation of Chicago says the Republican governor’s $31.5 billion recommended budget “relies heavily on projected savings that do not appear to be achievable or prudent.”

Rauner has proposed a spending plan that aims to close a $6 billion budget hole entirely by slashing expenses. It includes a $1.5 billion cut to Medicaid and a $2.2 billion savings on a proposal that would overhaul state pension systems. Democrats say much of the savings are not implementable because they violate the either the state constitution or federal policy.

Rauner’s spokeswoman released a statement saying “structural reforms” are included in the governor’s pro-business agenda being negotiated with lawmakers


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