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Blagojevich, White Reach Deal on SOS Budget

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Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's budget won't be hit quite as hard as first thought, but he still will lay off some middle management state workers.

Governor Rod Blagojevich and White reached a budget agreement that will restore $5 million dollars to White's budget for cost of living increases for union employees. State lawmakers must still approve the deal.

It ends a feud that heated up in July when White and Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka accused Blagojevich of reneging on a deal over how much to cut their budgets.

Blagojevich used his line-item veto powers to cut about $48 million from White's budget and $2 million from Topinka's to help dig the state out of a $5 billion budget deficit.

The deal reached Thursday only affects White's budget.


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