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Illinois House Republicans call for balanced budget

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Illinois' constitution requires a balanced budget, but legislators say there isn't much in place to enforce that requirement.

House Republicans are introducing a resolution calling for a balanced budget, which could be enforced by the auditor general. Under the legislation, if the budget is in deficit, elected officials and department heads would not get paid. Only essential jobs, such as state police, would continue to be funded.

"This amendment, if we followed it since the 1970 constitution was adopted, we might not be in the situation where we have $9 billion in unpaid bills," Republican Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon said. "We might not be closing state facilities, we might not be contemplating $400 million cuts to education."

It's not yet known if Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan will bring the bill up for a vote.

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