Illinois lawmakers to address budget in last week of session

SPRINGFIELD - During the final week of its session, the Illinois Legislature is resuming work and developing a scaled-back state spending budget plan.  On Monday, House Speaker Michael Madigan announced that his chamber had given up on extending a temporary income tax increase supported by Governor Pat Quinn.

Instead of rolling back in January, Quinn wants the increase to be permanent.  However, the House couldn't collect enough support to adopt that plan, which would've funded a budget of about $37 billion.  Also rejected by the House was a budget that would've meant severe cuts to several services.

On Tuesday, lawmakers are expected to work on a "middle-of-the-road" budget with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion.  State Senator Dan Kotowski says the new plan ensures education spending will remain flat.

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