Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget director says a one-month spending plan proposed by Democrats is ``unconstitutional'' because it would lead to an unbalanced budget.
In a memo to Rauner Wednesday, Tim Nuding says that if the proposal were applied over the full fiscal year it would spend $4 billion more than Illinois expects in revenue.
Nuding's assessment is the clearest indication yet that Rauner - and likely most Republican legislators - won't support the temporary budget when it's called for a vote Wednesday. That would make its passage highly difficult.
The Republican governor and Democrats were unable to agree on a budget before the new fiscal year began Wednesday.
Democrats say their plan would help avoid a government ``shutdown'' and ensure critical services, such as state police, continue.