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Cullerton: Tough choices coming on state finances

CHICAGO (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton says the state budget that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed secures funding for key priorities, but difficult decisions are coming.

The Chicago Democrat's spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon issued a statement Monday saying that Illinois will be faced with more tough choices to make fiscal progress.

Quinn largely signed off on the spending plan lawmakers sent him, making minor cuts to renovations project at the state Capitol. The budget largely mimics last year's spending plan.

Initially, Quinn had called it an incomplete budget. He had wanted to extend the state's temporary income tax increase which begins to roll back in January, leaving a roughly $1.8 billion revenue hole. But lawmakers didn't support the idea.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan didn't immediately return a message.

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