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Behind The Headlines: How did we get to this point in the Illinois budget crisis? What's next?

The Illinois State Capitol.
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The Illinois State Capitol.

The state of Illinois has been without a budget for the past two years and could enter a third straight year without a spending plan if a budget is not sent to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by Friday.

As of Friday morning, a $36 billion state budget was approved 90-25 by the Illinois House, but the proposal was an amendment and still needs another vote for final House approval.

"It is hour-by-hour and leaders are talking," said WBEZ’s state politics reporter Tony Arnold. "We'll see if any side moves on this. But the deal is not done."

How did it get to be this way? On Friday, St. Louis on the Air’s “Behind the Headlines," Arnold joined host Don Marsh from the Illinois State Capitol to delve into the history of the budget crisis and what will happen if no budget is passed by Friday.

Read Arnold’s coverage of the crisis here. Read St. Louis Public Radio’s ongoing coverage here.

A few things to note:

Listen to the full discussion here:

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