Rauner Vows to Fix Budget Problems

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Illinois' Republican governor-elect said Tuesday that state agencies plan to ask him for $760 million more than they were originally budgeted in 2015. Bruce Rauner spoke about the budget at a luncheon in Springfield Tuesday, noting his continuing surprise to learn details of a $35.7 billion budget passed by lawmakers in May that didn't allocate enough money to cover agency expenses.

The budget was deemed "incomplete" by outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. But Quinn signed it as lawmakers put off a decision whether to extend a temporary income tax increase.

“I'm going to focus on long-term structural change,” Rauner said. “I don't want to talk about what's the only band-aid, what's the short-term fix for our budget hole. We're going to figure it out. We're going to get it right.”

While Rauner didn't unveil any specifics about how to fix the problem, he assured the crowd his team is “finishing its homework” and plans to submit a plan in the new year.

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