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Durkin Says Deteriorating Tone Of Legislature Due To Upset Democrats

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House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says the tone in Springfield is deteriorating - and has been since the election.

He blames this on Democrats upset with his party picking up seats in the recent election.  

"For many years, Republicans have been pushed around," he says.  "We’ve been defeated, outspent - grossly outspent - for many, many years. Republicans gave them, them - the Democrats, a taste of their own medicine last November and I think that they’re still reeling over it."

The current state budget expires December 31st. Democrats say negotiations broke down because Governor Bruce Rauner is tying his political agenda to a state budget.