General Assembly takes 2-week break _ with no budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break _ without progress on an annual budget. The House approved an $817 million spending plan Democrats call a “lifeline.” The Senate continues work on a “grand bargain” to end the budget drought. The House and Senate return the week of April 24 and are scheduled to adjourn May 31.