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Illinois lawmakers to try again after budget fails

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Associated Press) - The Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected a roughly $35 billion 'doomsday' budget that would spell out deep cuts to schools and social services next year.

Legislative leaders developed the budget plan after it became clear there weren't enough votes to support an earlier budget that relied on extending the state's temporary income tax increase. Lawmakers voted it down by a vote of 107-5 on Friday morning before adjourning. Only Democrats voted for the plan.

The tax rate is scheduled to drop from 5 percent to 3.75 percent for individuals in January and reduce state revenue next year by $1.8 billion.

Democrats say the increase must be extended to protect education and social services.

But Republicans say the state must hold the line on spending.

Nearly 120 school superintendents from districts around Illinois are urging the state Legislature to make a decision on an extension of the income tax increase so they can adopt stable budgets of their own.

The Illinois Association of School Administrators' sent a letter Thursday to lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn.

It calls on lawmakers "not to adjourn with a budget that does not include revenues to pay for it." Superintendents say the move would force them to make plans with "crippling uncertainty."

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic leaders support an extension of the income tax increase but are developing contingency plans.

The measure is HB3792

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