Budget Vote, Not Budget Agreement Expected

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly returns for the final day of its spring session not much closer to a budget agreement than when it started in January. The House and Senate have until 12:01 a.m. Thursday to adopt an annual spending plan or face the specter of supermajority votes to activate one. A House committee positioned late Tuesday a Senate-approved budget for a floor vote Wednesday. That $37 billion proposal relies on a tax increase of more than $5 billion.