Illinois Legislature Addresses Budget in Last Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–The Illinois Legislature is resuming work during the final week of its session and developing a scaled-back state spending budget plan.

House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Monday that his chamber had given up on extending a temporary income tax increase supported by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Quinn wants to make permanent the income-tax increase that’s set to roll back in January.

But the House couldn’t collect enough support to adopt that plan to fund a budget of about $37 billion. The House also rejected a “doomsday” budget that would have meant severe cuts.

Lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to work on a “middle-of-the-road” budget with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion.

Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski says the new budget plan ensures education spending will remain flat.

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