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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. (Seth Perlman/AP)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. (Seth Perlman/AP)
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Illinois lawmakers were unable to agree on a budget to close a deficit of more than $3 billion before the spring legislative session ended yesterday. Democrats who control the legislature insist on tax increases, and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner wants more spending cuts and a loosening of some business regulations.

Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of any state, and it faces the possibility of another downgrade if lawmakers can't resolve their differences. Niala Boodhoo of WBEZ in Chicago discusses the state's budget woes with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson.

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This segment aired on June 1, 2015.

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