(Chicago, IL) — The Illinois Senate is moving forward with pieces of what could be a compromise budget deal. Senators approved spending plans for the current and upcoming fiscal years, but then defeated a measure to enact the budget. Led by Democrats, the Senate also passed a school funding formula overhaul, a gambling expansion bill that includes a Chicago casino, a payment to Chicago’s teachers’ pensions and an overall pension reform bill. They failed to approve a long-term property tax freeze and workers’ comp reform. Those were items Governor Rauner has insisted be part of any budget package. These measures still need House approval and Rauner’s signature if the General Assembly is going to meet an end of the month deadline.
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