(Chicago, IL) — The Illinois House is taking a step toward a budget deal, passing a reform plan for how the state buys goods and services. The bill passed Monday and sent back to the Senate revamps the procurement rules for state agencies and universities. State Representative Al Riley of Chicago says further changes are also in the works with hearings on further improvements set for this summer. The bill is part of the “grand bargain” package approved last week by the Senate. House Speaker Michael Madigan says this shows Democrats are willing to work with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner on a budget deal before the end of the session Wednesday.
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