The Latest: Rauner, Democrats bicker over budget blame

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats are trading barbs over who is to blame for the possibility that Chicago State University may have to close due to financial problems.

Illinois’ public colleges and universities have waited since July for state funding held up by a budget standoff in Springfield.

Rauner accused Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and his colleagues Wednesday of playing games by stalling budget negotiations to force a tax hike.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown put the blame on Rauner, saying it was the governor who vetoed the spending plan lawmakers sent him last year and that “now he wants to pretend that this is something that Democrats did.”

The state’s budget should’ve taken effect July 1. Rauner says he vetoed the budget because it was billions out of balance.