Legislature to discuss college costs, job-creation agency

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are returning to Springfield amid a stalemate over a new state budget. But neither chamber is expected to take up proposals Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants passed before he’ll sign a 2016 spending plan.

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to discuss college affordability Tuesday. The House is set to consider the Republican governor’s proposal to privatize the state’s economic development agency.

Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature have been battling over the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Democrats approved a plan that’s more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenue. They want Rauner to OK a tax increase to avoid severe cuts to areas such as higher education.

Rauner first wants lawmakers to pass pro-business measures such as a property tax freeze.