Quinn faces deadline to act on new Illinois budget - KMOV.com

Quinn faces deadline to act on new Illinois budget

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The old Illinois budget is about to expire, so watch for Gov. Pat Quinn to take action on a new spending plan despite his complaints it doesn't meet the state's needs.

The fiscal year ends at midnight Thursday, so Quinn will want to have a new budget in place before that.

The Democratic governor isn't a fan of the budget lawmakers sent him. He says it shortchanges education, human services and other critical needs.

But there is little Quinn can do. He has the power to cut appropriations but not to add to them.

Major spending increases would require blocking the entire budget and telling lawmakers to start over, which isn't likely to happen.

Quinn's office says he doesn't plan a public appearance to discuss the budget.

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