CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday outlined a grim picture that would result from deep spending cuts under a "doomsday" budget scenario if lawmakers don't approve his proposed $52.9 billion operating budget that relies on an unpopular income tax increase to help wipe out a $12 billion deficit.

"The battle for the soul of our state will take place in the next two weeks. The people of the state of Illinois do not want the governor or legislature to postpone making tough decisions or tough choices," Quinn told Chicago's political and business elite at a City Club of Chicago luncheon yesterday. "We don't want to have deep, mean-spirited cuts."

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