Budget showdown looming between Illinois legislature, Gov. Rauner

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Gov. Bruce Rauner (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer/Released)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Saturday to finish their annual spring session as a summer showdown with GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner looms in the background.

The Democratic-led House and Senate on Friday finished passing pieces of a $36.3 billion budget proposal that Rauner and other Republicans have criticized as unbalanced.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are looking to Rauner to help them pass a tax increase to make up the more than $3 billion difference. But Rauner says he wants some of his pro-business legislative agenda approved first.

Rauner says he won’t call lawmakers back into session if there’s no agreement on a budget by Sunday.

He says if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats in the General Assembly he’ll ask that “good-faith” negotiations continue.