CHICAGO – The Illinois state Senate on Tuesday joined the House in having passed spending and revenue bills that could end the state's two-year stretch of operating without a budget. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto the legislation. The two chambers would then schedule votes to override that veto. As of midday on Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Madigan, a Democrat from the south side of Chicago, was saying he would not call for an override vote in that chamber Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In New Jersey, meanwhile, Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed budget legislation ending a government shutdown, saying his signing off on spending increases pushed by Democrats there represented the nature of compromise. A budget deal also ended a shutdown in Maine.
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