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Blagojevich wants another temporary state budget

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Gov. Blagojevich (UPI file photo)

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill. – Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking Illinois lawmakers to pass another one-month budget to keep state government operating.

The governor and legislative leaders haven't been able to agree on a budget for the full year. The General Assembly has gone a record 57 days into overtime.

The Democratic governor issued a proclamation this (Fri.) morning that calls legislators into special session this weekend. It asks them to pass a budget extension to keep the state running through August.

Officials used a similar budget extension for the month of July.

But one of the governor's closest allies is giving the idea a thumbs-down. Senate President Emil Jones says he's not interested in another temporary budget. He wants to come up with a real budget.

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