Governor vetoes IL budget bill

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Springfield fire chief Barry Helmerichs said a woman threw a powdery substance into the governor's office, lieutenant governor's office and House gallery, according to a report by the State Journal-Register.

The Democratic-controlled House was scheduled on Thursday afternoon to try to enact a $36 billion budget and tax hike vetoed by Rauner on Tuesday. The state Senate had already voted to override Rauner's veto on July 4. An all-clear signal was broadcast in the Capitol shortly before 3:30 p.m. "This tax hike will solve none of our problems".

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The Illinois State Capitol is on lockdown after Capitol Police arrested a suspect for throwing white powder near the Governor's office.

The budget plan included a 32 percent income tax increase. The plan also would have the state pay down about half of the almost $15 billion pile of unpaid bills through a combination of borrowing and using cash from other state accounts. "This is a 2-by-4 smacked across the foreheads of the people of IL", the governor told reporters Wednesday.

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A House vote to override Rauner's veto would give IL its first annual budget since 2015 and spell the end of the nation's longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.

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