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Illinois Gov. Rauner set to deliver annual budget speech

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Gov. Rauner speaking to News 4's Emily Rau (Credit: KMOV) Gov. Rauner speaking to News 4's Emily Rau (Credit: KMOV)

By IVAN MORENO
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to deliver his annual budget address to state lawmakers as Illinois enters its eighth month without a spending plan for the current year.

The standoff with majority Democrats over the budget - and what Rauner proposes to do to resolve it - will likely overshadow many of the initiatives the Republican governor plans to unveil Wednesday.

He will be calling for more funding for public schools. But without a budget plan it remains to be seen how he will make that happen.

The state's spending plan should have taken effect July 1.

Illinois faces a roughly $5 billion budget deficit this year, and its unpaid bill backlog could reach almost $26 billion by 2020 if current revenue and spending policies continue.

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