Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in front of his office at the State Capitol in Springfield, on June 30, 2016. Illinois lawmakers had just passed a stop-gap budget. More than a year later, legislators have finally reached a budget deal, which Rauner promptly vetoed.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in front of his office at the State Capitol in Springfield, on June 30, 2016. Illinois lawmakers had just passed a stop-gap budget. More than a year later, legislators have finally reached a budget deal, which Rauner promptly vetoed.

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