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Illinois Senate president calls on governor to offer up new budget plan during impasse


CHICAGO — Illinois Senate President says it's time to hit "reset" on state budget talks

The Democrat on Wednesday called on Republican Gov. to offer a new spending plan after Rauner vetoed much of what legislative Democrats sent him for the July 1 fiscal year.

Cullerton predicts ramifications, like another credit downgrade, will come quickly without a budget.

Most of the public disagreement during lawmakers' unproductive overtime sessions has been between Rauner and House Speaker . The Democrat says many of Rauner's proposed agenda items are "extreme." Rauner wants business-related reforms before a budget and largely blames Madigan for the impasse, saying he could negotiate better if only dealing with Cullerton.

But Cullerton dismissed that notion at a Chicago news conference Wednesday, saying Rauner isn't negotiating with him.

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