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Senate President John Cullerton appears to have given up for his quest for a Grand Bargain budget deal with Republicans. Democrats went their own way, approving a $37.3 billion spending plan that features a $5.4 billion tax increase. The additional revenue would come from boosting the personal income tax to 4.95 percent and the corporate rate to 7 percent. Sales tax would be added to a number of services. Governor Rauner says he'll fight the budget plan because it lacks a long term property tax freeze.

No Republicans voted for the budget bills Tuesday. 

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