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Cullerton to Rauner: Take the deal, save the state before it’s too late

As you read this, it’s May 15, which leaves 16 days until the General Assembly’s constitutional deadline for action.
Illinois hasn’t had a comprehensive budget in two years. It hasn’t spent or invested a penny in higher education since Dec. 31. It no longer funds Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and other charitable organizations that, on behalf of the state, assist the disabled, elderly and downtrodden.
This has gone on too long. It’s time for action.
The calendar continues to count down, even though people routinely are told the governor and lawmakers are “really close” to cutting a deal.
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