The Latest: Rauner OKs distributing lottery, fuel-tax money

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is compromising over the state’s budget mess, indicating he’s OK with Democrats’ legislation to disburse tax dollars already collected to local governments and lottery winners.

A memo Tuesday from a Rauner staffer to lawmakers says the Republican now supports the legislation and even suggested adding money, such as for road salt with winter around the corner.

The plan includes $1.9 billion collected in motor fuel tax for cities, wireless phone tax for 911 services and lottery dollars to pay winners. Rauner and Democrats have feuded over a spending plan since the fiscal year began July 1.

Rauner says his new support builds on Monday’s compromise in three areas including state-subsidized child care.