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Cullerton blasts Rauner for upcoming negative ad blitz, says GOP 'lured away' by campaign cash


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Democratic Senate President John Cullerton is criticizing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for an impending ad campaign that will blast Democrats. And he says he fears GOP legislators may be "lured away" from compromise by Rauner's campaign cash.

Cullerton spoke Sunday, the final day of the Illinois Legislature's spring session.

Democrats want Rauner to approve a tax increase to help balance a 2016 budget that's more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenues.

Rauner says he won't approve the budget or a tax hike until Democrats pass some of his pro-business priorities.

Cullerton says Rauner told legislative leaders he's preparing ads to demonize Democrats. Cullerton says "nothing can be more damaging to the prospect of compromise."

Republican Senate leader Christine Radogno says it's Democrats who have "turned their backs" on compromise.

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