Illinois Democrats poised to defy governor's budget veto threat

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Bruce Rauner campaigns in Arlington HeightsBy Dave McKinney SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) – Illinois’ long-running budget stalemate was set to spill into the summer on Monday, as Democratic lawmakers worked to pass a 2017 spending plan that Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto, possibly jeopardizing public schools re-opening in August. As a midnight Tuesday deadline to pass legislation approaches, Rauner and his Democratic rivals who control the state legislature reported no headway toward ending the 11-month long dispute that has left Illinois as the only state without a full operating budget for the current fiscal year. In recent weeks, legislative working groups convened by Rauner have tried to bridge differences between the governor and top Democrats.

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