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Illinois lawmakers could vote on budget plan Thursday

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The Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: KMOV) The Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: KMOV)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Lawmakers are racing against the clock to vote on a last-minute budget compromise in Illinois.

Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been working to negotiate a plan that would keep the state government operating for the next six months and ensure public schools will open in the fall.

“I think most of the leaders felt it was in their self-interest to do this right now because we’re in uncharted waters,” said Sen. David Luechtefeld. “It’s hard to say what could have happened. We could have a lot of things shut down.”

Wednesday, lawmakers worked into the late night hours working to flush out a plan. They said they are looking at it like it is two deals: One focuses on getting a 12 month deal to keep education funded and the other is a short term budget to keep the state running.

The governor and lawmakers have been facing increasing public pressure to end their gridlock.

“I think this is probably going to be a good compromise for the people of Illinois. They deserve bi-partisan workmanship which is what this is,” said State Rep. Jerry Costello.

The House and Senate are expected to meet behind closed doors to vote sometime Thursday.

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