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Any hope for a break in Illinois' long-running budget stalemate devolved into more partisan bickering and deeper divisions on Wednesday as the state legislature was poised to end its spring session without a deal on a spending plan for a third year in a row.

Michael Madigan announced there would be no floor vote Wednesday in the Democratic-controlled House on budget measures previously approved by the full Senate and advanced Tuesday night by a House committee.

Rauner said if Democrats agreed to some changes, he would sign tax increases to help close Illinois' multi billion-dollar budget deficit.

A similar bill passed the state legislature a year ago but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who said it didn't do enough to prevent voter fraud.

The protest came as lawmakers approach a critical legislative deadline; they have until midnight to pass a budget by a simple majority, after which it will take a three-fifths majority.

There's only a day-and-a-half left to pass a budget. The governor talks about wanting to make IL a better place to do business, and I passed real reforms that strengthen our economy, level the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses, and also lifting up the middle class. The state senate and house are overwhelmingly Democratic, but Madigan is just shy of a veto-proof majority; thus this ghastly standstill.

Cutting to the chase, we've gone 700 days without a state budget because Rauner will not agree to a budget including a very necessary hike in the income tax unless various non-budgetary issues are tied to it. Senate President John Cullerton says they can assess how schools are doing under the proposal and can re-evaluate when the time comes. Nelson told them he was a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber and that his passenger stabbed him, police said.

Kelly said so far this year, Du Quoin and every other school district in the state has only gotten one of four anticipated categorical payments. Even if the Governor gets everything he wants, it wouldn't pay for two months of wreckage being caused by this now multi-year long impasse. More than 300 demonstrators flooded the state building - including seven other NU students - to demand a budget from legislators on both sides of the aisle. The nation's second-largest district had banked on $215 million in pension relief from Springfield, which Rauner vetoed late a year ago. She led a task force studying how to reduce Illinois' most-in-the-nation number of local governments.

The budget crisis in IL has taken an outsized toll on kids in low-income families.

Rauner has blamed Democrats for failing to address the pro-business "structural changes" he seeks, such as cost-cutting restrictions on workers' compensation.

That means the budget standoff continues and so does the severe squeeze on social services and higher education.

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