Rauner's deficit projection $2.4B less than lawmakers'

- Gov. Bruce Rauner's says the state's budget deficit will be $5.4 billion.

The figure announced Thursday is far below the $7.8 billion that the Legislature's bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability projects.

The Republican governor and lawmakers have been unable to agree on a budget. Court-ordered spending continues, outstripping revenue.

The governor's office says there's about $1 billion in federal reimbursements and another $800 million the commission counted as spending but it didn't count an equal amount of revenue that would come in. The governor's office says it expects Illinois to spend $250 million less than planned and a state law reduces Illinois' cost for the Affordable Care Act by $150 million.

Commission Executive Director Dan Long says he could not comment because he hasn't seen a detailed description.

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