SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn emerged from his first legislative session without the tax increase he wanted. Instead, he has a patchwork budget and the chore of deciding where to cut spending.
Next up for the governor is the job of handing out construction money from his one unqualified success of the session: passing a $31 billion public works program. He also has the far trickier task of cutting the budget and building support for a tax increase in January.
As for his first session, Quinn says he was thrilled to work with lawmakers, legislative leaders and union officials on behalf of the people of Illinois.
Plunging revenues, rising costs and government expansion had combined to produce a deficit estimated at $11.6 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.
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