$41B budget, trickier issues face Legislature on final day

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are scrambling to piece together a $41 billion state budget that Democrats are saying looks a lot brighter than expected. But time was running out Monday, the final day of the General Assembly’s spring session, and a lot of work remained. The House prepared to vote on a budget for the year beginning July 1 that relies on eliminating business and job-growth tax incentives, but fewer than anticipated because of better-than-expected revenues. Lawmakers were also planning to tackle legislation to tighten ethics rules and restrictions on gun ownership. Approval of legislation after May 31 requires supermajority votes. 

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