Ratings agency says new Illinois budget ‘more of the same’

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A major credit ratings agency says Illinois’ new budget is “more of the same” from the worst-rated state in the U.S. S&P Global Ratings released an analysis Tuesday of the $38.5 billion budget. The agency says the budget passing on time — unlike in previous years — may have positive implications for the state’s credit rating, which is one level above “junk” status. But the agency says the plan continues Illinois’ past practices of banking on revenue and savings that may not materialize.