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Rauner blasts state lawmakers' budget

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  • GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner

       GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner
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SPRINGFIELD -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says the spending plan approved by state lawmakers is a "phony budget."

Illinois legislators approved a plan on Friday that Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue. That includes possibly making Illinois' temporary tax increase permanent.

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The vote on the $35.7 billion spending plan comes as the Legislature faces a Saturday deadline to adjourn.

In a statement, Rauner says lawmakers didn't address structural reforms, instead passing a "broken, dishonest budget that career politicians" have been passing for years.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking a second full term in November.

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