Another fiscal year ends with no budget

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Not just to get passage but to bring us past 71 and that to me is my commitment to you that we continue our work today.

Lawmakers missed their original deadline of May 31 to pass a budget for the next fiscal year and they'll miss tonight's midnight deadline as well.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan offered reporters a murky response on Thursday when asked if a resolution to the fiscal mess could be struck with Governor Bruce Rauner by the midnight Friday deadline. In a fiscal morass - the longest in any state since at least the Great Depression - Illinois has rung up a $6.2 billion annual deficit and a $14.7 billion stack of past-due bills.

The impasse has ballooned the unpaid bill pile to almost $15 billion as the state operated on spending mandated by state law and courts.

Also, state-funded construction projects would be halted and the state's credit rating would likely be downgraded to junk status. IL has gone two years without passing a full budget.

The Chicago Democrat appeared briefly on the House floor Saturday to say legislative leaders would meet again. "We're going to save our state, and we're going to save our state together".

Madigan said leaders meetings will continue throughout the weekend and noted that negotiations continue to reach a consensus on the revenue bill.

Whatever plan the House passes will need to clear the Senate before going to Rauner for a vote. He also wants a freeze on local property taxes, which are among the highest in the nation.

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"I think it says a lot".

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, however, had a different attitude about negotiations, saying progress is being made and the few sticking points "are solvable". The board is among 21 state election authorities the U.S. Homeland Security Department confirmed were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election.

Exhortations came from the other side of the aisle as well.

The Illinois House returned to session Friday morning on the last day of the fiscal year.

"Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College are vital to Coles County and to our Illinois community".

Earlier Saturday, as mounting frustrations erupted on the floor, Madigan told state representatives they will be back in session on Sunday - but he's not ready to call budget bills for a vote.

Rauner, who was elected in 2014 on a platform of reversing Illinois' sinking fortunes, has insisted that any budget that includes tax increases must include sufficient pro-taxpayer and pro-business reforms.

Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, noted that much more work needs to be done, but said: "This is a good step forward, a step we can build upon".

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