Legislature votes to delay Quinn's budget address

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 1:20 p.m.CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address.

Despite objections from Republicans, the state Senate voted 37-15 on Wednesday to pass the measure pushing the annual budget speech from Feb. 19 to March 26. That puts the speech after the March 18 primary election.

By a 62-48 vote Tuesday, the House signed off on the measure.

State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine was among Republicans raising objections, calling the request for more time a "political sham."

But Democrats, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, say Quinn needs more time.

Quinn plans to outline a five-year spending blueprint. He also must wrestle with the expiration of a temporary income tax hike halfway through the fiscal year.

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