On July 7, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed $3.85 billion in general revenue funding that was sent to him by lawmakers in late May. Once again, the state is operating without a budget.

Lawmakers returned to Springfield July 14, but no votes were taken.

In his July 7 veto message, Governor Quinn criticized House Bill 2145, which contained billions of dollars in revenue to finance state operations and employee salaries. He said the legislation did not make significant cuts in spending. However, rather than use his reduction and line-item veto powers to make those cuts, the Governor simply outlined $1 billion in cuts through press statements and then vetoed the entire budget measure.

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