- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - House Democrats are advancing legislation this week designed to get a budget deal by appeasing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on the tangential issues he’s demanded.

But a spending plan that has been absent in Illinois for two years appears doomed in advance of Saturday’s start of another fiscal year. That’s because House Speaker Michael Madigan is making his own non-budget demands.

The Chicago Democrat wants Rauner to sign an education funding overall, OK insurance-rate regulation in workers’ compensation and more.

That’s unlikely. Madigan says, “That’s his decision, not my decision.”

Madigan plans floor votes Wednesday on issues tangential to the budget that Republican Rauner has insisted upon for two years. They include cost-cutting changes to workers’ compensation, government consolidation and a property tax freeze.

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