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Republican governor, Democratic legislative leaders meet Tuesday for rare budget negotiation


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Gov. and legislative leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday in a highly publicized and partially public budget summit.

The Republican executive and Democrats who control the General Assembly have been unable to agree on a state spending plan for the year that began July 1.

They've not all met in the same room since May.

Rauner will host House Speaker and Senate President — both Chicago Democrats — and Republican leaders and (ruh-DOHN'-yoh) in his Capitol office for the mid-afternoon conference.

The public may watch the first hour or so — when lawmakers and Rauner make opening statements. Then officials will close the door to negotiate.

Expectations are low for the meeting first suggested by good government groups.

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