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Illinois House sends key fiscal year 2017 budget bill to Senate

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois House passed an implementation bill for a stopgap fiscal 2017 budget in a 104-6 vote on Thursday, sending the measure to the Senate for concurrence.

The Democratic-led legislature is taking up spending bills aimed at pausing the state's historic budget impasse that left Illinois as the only U.S. state without a complete fiscal 2016 budget.

(Reporting by Karen Pierog and Dave McKinney; Editing by Matthew Lewis)