Illinois Senate won’t take up House budget bill

Illinois Senate Democrats won’t consider the $40 billion budget bill the House passed last week before they conclude this year’s session and instead will push for a stand-alone bill to fund public schools.
    
But with just hours left before lawmakers finish this year’s session it is appearing likely lawmakers won’t pass a full budget or a budget for just public schools.
    
Illinois has been operating without a budget for 11 months.
    
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said he was going to veto the House’s budget bill if it passed the Senate because it’s $7 billion out of balance.
    
Democratic Sen. Heather Steans said Tuesday her party does not have enough votes to pass the House’s bill in their chamber.
    
The Senate education bill would appropriate nearly $16 billion for public schools next year.

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