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State Budget, Politics To Collide In Springfield Wednesday

(CBS) – Gov. Bruce Rauner is delivering his budget message in Springfield on Wednesday, but the Republican incumbent is battling more than money problems this time around.

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.

Rauner faces both a fiscal challenge and a political one. He has promised to deliver a balanced budget while rolling back the income-tax hike passed under the leadership of Democrats who control the Legislature.

The state already has a budget deficit of more than $500 million from last year's budget – on top of $8.5 billion in unpaid bills.

Whatever he proposes is likely to be attacked by a host of opponents who want his job.

Republican Jeanne Ives says Rauner didn't do enough to stop the income-tax hike, while Democrats JB Pritzker, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss blame Rauner for the two years state government did not have a full budget.

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