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Budget highlighted eventful, mostly peaceful session

For the first time in a while, Illinois lawmakers aren’t facing overtime duty in Springfield this summer.
With a budget passed and a commitment from Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign it, Illinois should peacefully start its new fiscal year July 1.
“I’d like to really thank the Republicans for their support and cooperation this year,” said Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, on the last day of the session. “I think a lot of that started last year when we started with our Grand Bargain and started working together. I think we carried that spirit over to the House.”
Although the approval of a budget without going into overtime was arguably the major focus of the session, lawmakers found time to tackle other issues as well. Here’s a rundown of the session highlights.
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