Lawmakers talk college costs, privatizing state agency

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are meeting in an overtime session to work out a budget impasse, but House and Senate members are also discussing other things. Both chambers met much of Tuesday as committees of the whole. That means hearing testimony and discussing issues without taking votes. The House took up privatizing the state’s economic development agency, while the Senate took up college affordability. House lawmakers say other issues, including a property tax freeze, could pop up later in the day. Rauner and Democrats, who control the Legislature, have been battling over the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Democrats approved a plan that’s more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenue. They want Rauner to OK a tax increase, but the governor first wants pro-business measures such as a property tax freeze.