Republican lawmakers laid the groundwork during the week for budget cuts that Senator Tim Bivins says will total between $4 billion and $6 billion.

Also during the week, Governor Pat Quinn made national news when he approved controversial legislation to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

On March 10, Senate GOP lawmakers said that unless significant cuts are made to Governor  Quinn’s budget proposal, Illinois will face an annual deficit of $8 billion and a cumulative deficit of more than $22 billion within five years.

Senate Republicans released a budget review that shows Illinois’ spending and revenue trends indicate it will take $4 to $6 billion in additional spending reductions to the Governor’s proposed budget to get the state back on track.

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