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Budget Speech Successfully Delayed

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:27:59 CST
By: AP

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address. Despite objections from Republicans, the state Senate has voted to pass the measure pushing the annual budget speech from Feb. 19 to March 26. That is after the March 18 primary election. The House earlier signed off on the measure. State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine was among Republicans raising objections, calling the request for more time a "political sham." Democrats, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, say Quinn needs more time. He must wrestle with the expiration of a temporary income tax hike halfway through the fiscal year.

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