Closer Look: Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the statehouse appear deadlocked over a budget to fund Illinois government operations for the fiscal year.

But there are a few things that lawmakers or Gov. Bruce Rauner could do to put government in motion, even if they don’t settle the issues dividing them.

The General Assembly could overturn the Republican governor’s veto of a Democratic spending plan, which would allow some of the $36 billion to be spent. But the number of votes needed to override is a tall order.

The House could also approve a temporary $2.3 billion budget sent over by the Senate last week. But a similar measure failed in the House and Rauner is certain to veto it.

The House returns Wednesday and the Senate on July 14.