From CBS 2 Chicago:
Illinois' new Republican governor called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes — a pitch met with quick opposition from Democrats who control the Legislature.
Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end "the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past." He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.
"This is our last, best chance to get our house in order," Rauner said.
According to budget documents released Wednesday afternoon, Rauner is recommending $1.5 billion in cuts.