Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he is optimistic that lawmakers will pass a budget by the end of the month.
The Republican chief executive recently canceled a meeting with Democratic leaders, but he says the back-up plan is to pass a temporary budget. Rauner says Democrats also would have to pass at least two of his policy items.
"Every reform that we’re pushing has strong bipartisan support," the governor said. "That’s why I’m optimistic in the end that members of the Democratic caucus in the General Assembly will come around and vote for some of these reforms."