No budget yet; lawmakers enter final day of spring session

 SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers are returning for the final day of the spring session. House and Senate leaders indicated Saturday they don't plan to work late into the night, but so far… there is no agreement on a balanced state budget.

Majority Democrats have approved a $36.3 billion spending plan that is short of at least $3 billion in revenue.

Governor Bruce Rauner  says he will consider new taxes; however, he wants lawmakers to adopt business friendly reforms to spur expansion.

Rauner says he will not drag legislators back to the capital for a special session but is willing to keep negotiating.

Meantime, the House endorsed a measure Saturday to ease the city of Chicago's burden in stabilizing its police and fire pension funds over Republican complaints that it's a state bailout. The Senate sent Governor Bruce Rauner a plan to combat heroin abuse.

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