- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on Illinois lawmakers’ attempts to agree on a state budget as the spring legislative session approaches its Tuesday deadline (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Illinois House Republicans stood by their desks in the chamber and took turns urging Democrats to continue negotiating a budget that includes the pro-business legislation backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to end their nearly yearlong stalemate.

Republicans said Friday they should remain in session Saturday and Sunday to resolve the 11-month standoff over the budget before they adjourn for the fiscal year on Tuesday. They can still pass a budget after that but it would be more difficult because it would require the support of three-fifths of each chamber.

Some Democratic House members accused Republicans of staging political “theater” for the media. Democrats repeatedly called for Rauner to address the full General Assembly.

Republicans said their demonstration reflects their intent to stay in Springfield until a budget resolution is reached.


1:30 p.m.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget director is warning of “devastating” consequences if lawmakers don’t agree on a spending plan for another year.

Tim Nuding (NOO-ding) said Friday he’s concerned about providing electricity and food at Illinois’ prisons and homes for veterans and disabled residents.

Illinois’ credit rating also could take another hit if there’s no agreement by the end of the spring legislative session on Tuesday. That would increase the cost to taxpayers of any state borrowing.

The Republican governor has been unable to reach a deal with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton on a budget for the current fiscal year or the new year that begins July 1.

Nuding is urging lawmakers to keep negotiating, but an end to the stalemate looks unlikely before Tuesday.


11:19 a.m.

Negotiations to end Illinois’ 11-month budget stalemate appear to be going nowhere after the latest meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday after the meeting that the governor “continues to fail to persuade” during working groups as lawmakers look for an agreement.

Rauner wants pro-business legislation and curbs on the power of unions in exchange for a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit. Madigan has called the demands a “personal agenda” that hurts the middle class.

Illinois lawmakers adjourn Tuesday and if they don’t pass a budget before then it’s going to get harder. That’s because a spending plan will require three-fifths support in each chamber.

Rauner says he’s going to continue to pursue a compromise. He’ll meet with leaders again Sunday.



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