Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget is virtually ignored in the Illinois House leaders' bipartisan plan.
Saving money by consolidating school districts and revisions to the tax code. These were highlights of the governor's budget plan.
But they may be doomed. Speaker Mike Madigan dismissed them.
"I have no comment on them, I just don't plan to pursue them," Madigan said.
UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 p.m. : Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.
A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.
House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. The bill needed 60 votes for approval.
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