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Lawmakers Still Talking, But Budget Deadline Looms


  The end of the month -- and a major deadline for getting a state budget passed -- is getting closer.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is standing firm. He says he'll agree to raising taxes, if Democrats agree with his pro-business, union-weakening agenda.

Lawmakers continue to negotiate those items in private.

Representative Dan Brady, a Republican from Bloomington, is part of the talks.

He says the issues are "tender."

"You know the important part is that we continue to discuss, we continue to have communication, we have good representation from both sides -- the Senate and the House, from both sides of the aisle, And I think that that's encouraging," he said Tuesday.

No deal has materialized yet though, and it may not happen at all.

One Democrat involved with property tax negotiations says nothing is firm.

Other topics up for discussion include workers' compensation and what unions can collectively bargain over with public employees.  Democrats have disavowed measures they say will hurt workers.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.