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Illinois Senate Working On Independence Day; Budget Vote Scheduled

The Illinois Senate is working on Independence Day, to take up the 2 budget bills passed on Sunday by their counterparts in the Illinois House.

On Monday, a leaders meeting came up short of a quorum. Both Republican leaders didn’t show up for a meeting scheduled for 1 on Monday. Senate President John Cullerton says that he and the rest of the Democrat Caucus are ready to continue talks and negotiations on workers comp and property tax freezes among other issues.

The Senate has already passed a budget and tax hike but now they will need to do so with 36 votes instead of 32 and Cullerton will almost certainly need Republican votes this time around to pass both a tax increase and a budget bill.

Governor Rauner has indicated that if the budget that passed the House and is being voted on by the Senate on Tuesday, reaches his desk, he will veto it.

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