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A Peoria resident has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the death of a man during a kidnapping that authorities say stemmed from trying to steal money from recent lottery winnings.

Illinois Lottery officials say they support a short-term budget proposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner because it would pay lottery winners.  The state of Illinois remains without a budget after Rauner and Democratic leaders couldn't come to an agreement. 

The consequences of Illinois lawmakers' epic failure to approve a state budget continue to pile up, while neither side in the yearlong political battle appears willing to budge.  Business leaders warned that lack of action on a budget will jeopardize nearly $2 billion in road and bridge construction - and many jobs - this summer. 

Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the payout they're owed.