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House Rejects Budget Plan

Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 10:34 AM CDT
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected a doomsday budget that would spell out deep cuts to schools and social services next year.

The budget plan was developed by legislative leaders after it became clear there weren't enough votes to support an earlier budget that relied on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase.

Lawmakers rejected the measure by a vote of 107-5. Only Democrats voted for the plan.

Republicans oppose the tax hike, and say lawmakers can build a better budget.

"When you don't have enough time to read the bill, appreciate what's in it, what's not it it, you're going to get a lot of no votes," Rep. Ron Sandack (R - Downers Grove) said. "What was interesting to me is that most of the no votes came from Democrats as well. So it was resoundingly rejected. Bad process, bad substance. That's what we have next week for."

Lawmakers say the budget was shot down because they haven't had enough time to review it, since it was just recently drafted and they only received the bill Thursday night. House Rejects Budget Plan

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