CHICAGO - Faced with a staggering $4 billion backlog of bills and a looming $2 billion budget deficit, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday endorsed short-term borrowing to help cut lengthy payment delays and called for additional departmental cuts, legislative authority to withhold 8% of general fund spending, and more federal aid.

The proposal, announced in a press release from the governor's office, was short of specific details and is heavily reliant on measures that need General Assembly approval. It also depends on the federal government for additional aid.

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