Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, Illinois

Illinois mired in uncertainty over budget

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisBy Fiona Ortiz and Karen Pierog SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) – Illinois blew through a budget deadline this week, and now the state faces court battles over spending and a political standoff between rookie Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has dominated state politics for three decades. Rauner said he can soften the impact of a looming government shutdown and continue paying state workers on time and in full. Democrats said there are strict limits on what the governor can spend without a budget that has been approved.

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