GOP stymies Senate ‘grand bargain’ revival

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans cut short an attempt by Illinois Senate Democrats to recharge the “grand bargain” budget compromise with time running out on the legislative session. The grand bargain is a package of legislation Senate leaders designed last winter to break a budget logjam. But sticking points continue to be GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands for restrictions on workers’ compensation payouts and a permanent property tax freeze for homeowners.