The Political Fallout Of Illinois Budget Inaction

07/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There's still no word on when Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield. The state budget is up in the air for the next fiscal year, which begins in about six weeks. And there just isn't enough lawmaker support for either an income tax hike or severe budget cuts to close an estimated $13 billion deficit. In an election year, neither Democrats nor Republicans want to take the blame for the problem, or pay the price for the solution. So what are the political consequences of doing nothing?

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