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No sign of an Illinois budget as state lawmakers take weekend off

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Illinois lawmakers are on vacation and the state continues to operate without a budget, two days after the start of a new fiscal year.

Democratic State Rep. Jay Hoffman said he's "ready, willing, and able" to head back to Springfield over the holiday weekend to settle the looming budget problems.

But both sides are still at odds, as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner insists on deep cuts and Democratic legislatures refuse to pass a budget they said would hurt the low and middle class.

"Obviously our offices are getting calls daily, and we deserve to get those calls because we need to be aware of what's happening," said Rep. Hoffman. "Unfortunately, we're going to see layoffs and people out of jobs and whithout services."

Republican State Sen. David Luechtefeld said it could be as late as September before the state sees a budget deal.

"That could be ugly if it's that long, I hope not," said Sen. Luechtefeld.

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