CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will seek meetings with the General Assembly's leaders this week to address a projected $2.1 billion deficit in the $59 billion fiscal 2009 operating budget lawmakers approved over the weekend before adjourning.

Whether the meetings will prove fruitful is unclear as the relationship between the Democratic governor and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, remains strained. Madigan said over the weekend he objected to private meetings in an attempt to resolve the shortfall.

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