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Rauner warns Illinois lawmakers he will veto $3.8B spending bill for human services, lottery


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is warning lawmakers that the Republican will veto a $3.8 billion spending bill pending in the Illinois House.

The measure approved by the Senate this month would provide funds for breast cancer screenings, autism treatment, lottery payouts and more during the state budget stalemate.

It's scheduled to be considered by the House executive committee and could get a floor vote on Thursday.

In a letter to House lawmakers on Monday, Rauner Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs Richard Goldberg calls the bill "the latest multibillion-dollar piecemeal attempt" to pass an unbalanced budget. He urges legislators to reject the spending plan.

Rauner and majority Democrats have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

The bill is SB2046.

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