Gov. Bruce Rauner and all four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly met Wednesday to discuss pending issues after Democrats weren't able to make a previous meeting.
Among the conversation topics was the state budget. The Illinois deficit currently exceeds $10 billion, and a report from the governor's budget office says it could reach $47 billion within five years.
A stopgap spending plan is in place through December, but Illinois remains without a complete budget.
Democrats say Illinois needs to focus on identifying cuts and hiking taxes.