Rauner gears up to halt funding on dozens of state programs

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

CHICAGO  _ Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s gearing up to suspend funding for many state programs and services next month since there’s been no budget agreement.

Rauner’s office on Friday detailed dozens of grants and services that could be stopped July 1, since the budget lawmakers approved is short billions of dollars. They include capital projects and some types of Mediaid payments.

Lawmakers are at a budget standstill. Legislative Democrats approved a spending plan but admit it’s at least $3 billion short of revenue and want Rauner to approve new taxes. But Rauner says he won’t sign it. He wants lawmakers to consider his agenda.

Spokesman Lance Trover says Rauner has compromised.

But legislative leaders have said they’re meeting several times this month and Rauner has the opportunity to work with them.

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