Illinois legislative session ends without a budget, again

  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, surrounded by fellow Republican lawmakers, speaks to reporters outside his office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session.

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, surrounded by fellow Republican lawmakers, speaks to reporters outside his office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Associated Press

  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, surrounded by fellow Republican lawmakers, speaks to reporters outside his office at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as legislators press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, left, and Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, right, look on.

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, surrounded by fellow Republican lawmakers, speaks to reporters outside his office at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as legislators press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, left, and Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, right, look on. Associated Press

  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, speaks to reporters outside his office at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, is on right.

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, speaks to reporters outside his office at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, is on right. Associated Press

  • Illinois representatives gather on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session.

    Illinois representatives gather on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Associated Press

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Associated Press

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, left, talks to Illinois Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, right, while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, left, talks to Illinois Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, right, while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Associated Press

  • Illinois senators debate legislation while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session.

    Illinois senators debate legislation while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill., as lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session. Associated Press

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a press conference with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, outside Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)  NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a press conference with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, outside Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT Associated Press

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a press conference with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, outside Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)  NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a press conference with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, outside Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT Associated Press

  • Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, answers questions along with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, right, during a press conference in front of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, answers questions along with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, right, during a press conference in front of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT Associated Press

  • Illinois Speaker of the House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, stands behind Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, as they hold a press conference outside Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the Illinois State Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Illinois Speaker of the House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, stands behind Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, as they hold a press conference outside Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the Illinois State Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT Associated Press

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, hold a press conference outside Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, hold a press conference outside Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT Associated Press

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, hold a press conference outside Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, hold a press conference outside Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office after a leaders meeting on the final day of the spring legislative session at the state Capitol, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/1/2016 5:40 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's suggestion for a last-minute, short-term budget to give the state some near-term stability amid the 11-month impasse also failed to gain traction with ruling Democrats, who also clashed among themselves in the final hours Tuesday.

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Hours before adjournment, Rauner delivered a verdict on the past five months.

"Today we end the spring session of the General Assembly in stunning failure," he said, blaming Democrats for prolonging the budget battle in what sounded like an election-year stump speech.

Democrats argue Rauner's yearlong insistence on passing pro-business legislation and curbing the power of unions - one of their strongest constituencies - is the reason for the historic impasse.

Come November, the wealthy former venture capitalist will try to chip away at Democrats' majorities in the House and Senate while they look to boost their numbers to impose their will on the first-term governor.

As the budget stalemate has dragged on, Democrats have refused to give in to Rauner's demands, and he hasn't back down, either. Rauner wants business-friendly legislation that he says will spur economic growth in exchange for signing off on a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit. Democrats say Rauner's ideas hurt the middle class.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Democrats had no viable budget proposal as the session concluded.

The Senate rejected the House's $40 billion budget plan, which was $7 billion out of balance. Meanwhile, with only hours before they adjourned, Senate Democrats pushed a stand-alone proposal for public schools that Republicans decried as unrealistic because it added nearly a billion dollars at a time when the state is running a massive deficit.

The House overwhelmingly rejected the Senate's plan.

Illinois has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the country without a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1. The stakes for getting a budget this time around are higher because public schools are afraid they won't have funding to open this fall.

Rauner's temporary budget proposal sought to fund public schools through next year and provide support for financially-strapped social service providers and higher-education institutions through December.

"If the Democrats leave here today without having done that, every single rank-and-file Democrat who sides with their leader against keeping the state operating wears the collar," said Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Last week, Rauner's administration opposed a temporary fix when Democrats first raised the idea but relented as the end of the session neared.

Lawmakers can keep working after the session ends and have said they will. But passing legislation will become more difficult. They needed a simple majority to pass a budget before adjournment Tuesday night. After that, they'll need three-fifths support from each chamber.

Democratic leaders said they'll consider the idea of a short-term solution over the coming weeks.

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Associated Press writers Sara Burnett and Ashley Lisenby contributed to this report.

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