Illinois Senate considers budget as deadline nears

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate is focusing on advancing a 2015 budget as the Legislature moves closer to adjourning its spring session.

Lawmakers resumed their session at the state Capitol on Thursday by continuing debate on the $37.5 billion budget and several other issues.

Among those issues is a plan to overhaul Cook County's pension system by increasing county payments and reducing some benefits for employees. The measure passed the Senate Tuesday but is expected to encounter some difficulty in the full House.

Senators also passed a measure Thursday by a 45-6 vote that would create greater scrutiny for reviewing grants that the state gives out. The plan now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Senate is expected to vote on the 2015 budget Friday. It passed the House on Tuesday.

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