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The Latest: Illinois Senate abandons budget plan vote

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

The Illinois Senate has abandoned a plan to vote on a deadlock-busting budget plan.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN'-yoh) told reporters late Monday afternoon that they were close to agreement on a plan to fund state services for the first time in more than a year. But Radogno says her Republican members wanted more time to debate it.

The package includes an income tax increase. Republicans want to ensure the plan includes changes in the business and political climates that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants.

The Legislature's session expires Tuesday so there wasn't time to move the plan to the House. The Senate wanted to provide a framework for future proposals.

Now Cullerton says the plan will be reintroduced after the new General Assembly is seated Wednesday.

1:55 p.m.

The Illinois Senate has moved legislation to the floor that would address the long-running state budget stalemate.

The Assignments Committee on Monday approved eight measures that include an increase in the income tax rate to 4.95 percent, up from 3.75 percent. Other bills would allow borrowing to pay off an $11 billion backlog of overdue bills, increase the minimum wage, expand legalized gambling, consolidate local governments, pay Chicago teachers' portion of their pensions and enact changes to state employees' pensions to save the state money.

The state Senate planned to vote on at least some of the provisions Monday afternoon. But with only less than two days remaining in the current session, there's no chance they could advance to the House.

The state Senate hopes to send a message that there's bipartisan agreement to end the spending standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature.

The bills are SB17, SB253, SB263, SB284, SB305, SB390, SB432, SB523.

5:30 a.m.

A plan to end a two-year Illinois budget standoff negotiated in the Senate could get a vote in Springfield.

Sen. Pamela Althoff, a Republican from McHenry, says the deal was shaping up over the weekend after weeks of talks between Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and GOP Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN'-yoh).

Althoff says a state budget deal could see action Monday as the Illinois Legislature returns to work.

The deal would mark a significant step toward smashing the logjam on a state spending plan between Republican Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders. But there are just two work days remaining for the current General Assembly - no time to seek a House vote.

Cullerton spokesman John Patterson declined comment Sunday. Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly did not comment Sunday.

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