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Illinois Gov. Rauner gives State of State address

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gave his State of the State address Wednesday.

“Now, I know some items in the report are easier to pass than others, so let's pass the easier ones first,” Rauner said. “We don't have to pass them all day one.  We do need to get started on consolidation and mandate reduction right now. The families of Illinois are tired of waiting.”

The state is halfway through its fiscal year and is still without a budget. Lawmakers hope that changes soon.

”I've introduced four pieces of legislation that we think will move along a budgeting process, two that I think will be the most critical and get bipartisan support,” Avery Bourne (R-Illinois), House of Representatives, said. “The first one is no budget, no pay. If we don't pass the budget, legislators and constitutional officers don't get paid."

Bourne represents Christian, Macoupin, Madison and Montgomery counties.

Since no budget has been reached yet, budget cuts to governmental programs for kids and seniors are at risk to continue.

These programs are at risk of running out of money.

"We need to add adequate funding for our public schools we need to find our necessary funding to nursing homes assistant living centers and hospitals,” Bill Haine (D-Illinois), Illinois State Senate, said. “That may come in the budget address, I have an open mind but still we need to move form lofty rhetoric to how to get this state back on track." 

Haine represents much of the Metro East area.

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