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Illinois state lawmakers likely to remain completing budget process into upcoming holiday weekend


State lawmakers are continuing to work toward a new state budget, but that work is now likely to extend at least partway into the upcoming holiday weekend.

The Illinois Senate did not introduce a budget bill on Wednesday night, meaning it will take until at least Saturday for a spending plan to go through the required process to pass both chambers.

Senate budget negotiators say the budget spends around $50.4 billion, less than the estimated $50.7 billion in revenue the state expects to take in over the next fiscal year; some groups are unhappy about the proposal, however.

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities says the budget fails to address the needs of workers who assist people with developmental disabilities.

That group wants a wage increase of $4 an hour, but the budget would only fund a $2.50 an hour hike.

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