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Top Democrats are warning that Illinois will run out of money to operate in just a few months if lawmakers can't agree on a state budget. But they still insist they won't cave to Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands to weaken public-worker unions to get a budget deal.

House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie said Wednesday the Republican governor's plan to let local governments opt out of collective bargaining is an attack on the middle class.

The Chicago Democrat says Rauner needs to focus on the budget before Illinois "goes totally broke come February or March."

Rauner has stepped up his push to curb bargaining rights this week.

He says it will save middle class families money by lowering taxes. Rauner says Democrats have previously supported changes to collective bargaining.

Ken Misch


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