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Statehouse Update - Budget
The Illinois General Assembly is racing the clock to try to adjourn before the end of May to avoid sending the spring session into overtime. “They’ve got their work cut out for them,” says Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor, who has covered the Illinois Statehouse since 1991. “The Governor and House Speaker haven’t talked in months and both the Illinois House and Senate have passed different versions of a state spending plan for the new fiscal year that starts July 1st,” says Tichenor, who reminds viewers that many lawmakers remain interested in trying to pass a $31 billion dollar capital construction plan developed by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and SIU President Glenn Poshard. This week, Tichenor will provide an update from Springfield on this week’s efforts to hammer out an agreement that could send the state's 177 Senators and Representatives home for the summer.