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Dec 7, 6:40 PM EST

Rauner asks Democrats for budget proposal, delays meeting


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants Democratic leaders to present him a budget proposal to end an 18-month stalemate before meeting again for another round of negotiations.

Rauner made the announcement Wednesday a day before a planned meeting with legislative leaders, which he canceled.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2h4CnUX ) that Rauner canceled Thursday's meeting when he learned Democrats would not be presenting a budget proposal.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says Rauner should be the one presenting a budget.

Rauner wants Democrats to pass pro-business legislation and other parts of his agenda to get a budget done. Democrats have insisted he drop his demands and focus on the budget.

Both sides have met several times during the past month without making progress.

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