Senate GOP leader says Dems must step up on reform issues


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CHICAGO (AP) _ Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says the budget stalemate could be easily resolved with Democratic engagement on reform issues, not another document.

She spoke to reporters Wednesday after Senate President John Cullerton called on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to submit a new budget for the July 1 fiscal year after he rejected most of what legislative Democrats sent him. Cullerton says it’s time to press the “reset button.”

But Radogno says Democrats haven’t been willing to negotiate. She says there can’t be a “reset” on the budget if Democrats haven’t “moved an inch.”

Rauner wants pro-business reforms before approving a budget. Democrats say the budget is a separate issue and disagree with the reforms.

Cullerton says the governor hasn’t provided evidence that his proposed agenda will save money.

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