The Illinois House last week overrode $480 million of the more than $1.4 billion in cuts Gov. Rod Blagojevich made to the $59 billion fiscal 2009 budget, but the Senate is not expected to hold a special session to take up any of the vetoes so they likely will stand for now.

Blagojevich used his line-item veto powers to cut spending because his administration has said the operating budget passed by the General Assembly would leave the state with a $2 billion deficit. The House rejected his calls to pass several revenue measures — including the transfer of surplus revenues from some non-general fund accounts and a $34 billion capital budget — to help shore up the budget, so the governor cut the budget himself when he signed it earlier this month.

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