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Increased revenues coming in to state coffers during tax season have allowed the Illinois Comptroller to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Wednesday that the money will go to nearly a dozen managed-care operations in Illinois serving Medicaid patients, according to the State Journal-Register.  Those organizations can use the money to pay doctors, hospitals and mental-health counselors.

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Illinois lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to resume work on trying to end the budget stalemate that has eluded them for almost two years.

The State Journal-Register reports that, just before lawmakers' two-week spring break, the House approved another stopgap spending bill that would give more than $800 million to human-services programs and higher education.

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Some groups are bracing for the problems of a future Illinois state budget that doesn’t raise taxes high enough or cuts spending.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner went to the Quad Cities on Monday for the second time in a week. This time, his appearance drew protestors over effects of the state budget impasse.

Rauner's message to members of the Chamber of Commerce in Moline was largely the same: long-term structural change.  He apologized to human service providers in attendance for problems due to the budget impasse.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is now accusing Illinois House Democrats of killing a deal to end the budget impasse.

When the so-called grand bargain failed last month - Senate Democrats said it was because Rauner had pulled Republican votes away from the compromise.

Rauner shared a new accusation; he claims House Democrats sent leaders of special interest groups to attack Senate Democrats in order to blow up the grand bargain.

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