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Quinn's Tough Budget Talk: $9.2B Would Be Cut, Lawmakers Must Come Back To Springfield And 'Confront Reality'

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers should pack their bags and get ready to be back in Springfield next week.

Quinn said Monday they need to return to the state Capitol to "confront reality."

Quinn plans to talk to the state's top four legislative leaders about this return to the Capitol when they meet on Wednesday.

Lawmakers went home from their spring session without passing a budget that fully funds state government. Quinn wants them to pass an income tax increase to avoid deep cuts in human services.

The Democratic governor won't say how long he expects lawmakers to remain on the job, but he said they have other unfinished issues to deal with besides the budget.

Quinn's office, meanwhile, is warning that it would have to slash spending by $9.2 billion under a budget proposed by Illinois lawmakers.

Most of the cuts would fall on services that state government provides through local groups, from medicine for senior citizens to foster care for abused children.

The estimate released Monday is the administration's most detailed analysis of the spending plan that legislators approved after failing to agree on new sources of revenue.

Illinois government faces a massive deficit. Quinn proposed closing that gap with a combination of spending cuts, budget maneuvers and tax increases.

Lawmakers wouldn't agree to most of his ideas and instead passed a budget that doesn't cover the cost of providing many government services.