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State of Illinois passes budget for first time in over 2 years

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The State of Illinois has ended its historic budget impasse after more than two years without a spending plan.

The House voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of Senate Bill 6, the budget bill, 74-37; Senate Bill 9, which increases the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, 71-42; and Senate Bill 42, the budget implementation bill, 71-40. 

The state has been without a budget since July 1, 2015. Rauner, a Republican, said he would not sign a budget plan unless he also got reforms such as a property tax freeze, worker's compensation reform, and other, business-friendly measures he said will grow the state. 

About a quarter of House Republicans joined majority Democrats to override Rauner's vetoes of the three bills, including Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria. In the Senate, only a few GOP Senators crossed party lines to support the bills. 

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