CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn met with the Illinois General Assembly's leaders yesterday, taking his first step aimed at breaking a budget impasse that has left the state with a roughly $7 billion hole in the fiscal 2010 budget after the House's rejection of his income tax increase.

Working overtime throughout the weekend, the General Assembly adjourned after passing Quinn's spending proposals while rejecting the income tax increase and a cut in the state's pension contributions. As a result, the state's available revenue will fund only six months of government operations in the fiscal year that will begin July 1.

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