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AP Interview: Blagojevich defends his handling of state budget

Associated Press - July 11, 2007 3:24 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitch) says he has a plan for resolving the Illinois budget deadlock, even if no one else can see it.

In an interview today with The Associated Press, the Democratic governor maintained that his actions aren't random. He says everything is going as he expected.

But when pressed on how to get a budget passed after weeks of deadlock, Blagojevich would offer no details.

He says he'll "just keep working at it and hammering at it."

The budget was supposed to be approved by May 31, but Democratic leaders are deeply divided. The governor's proposal for a major new health plan is a big part of the disagreement.

Many lawmakers complain that Blagojevich is making the situation worse.

He has argued over the time of legislative sessions, labeled the Democratic House speaker a Republican and called a special session on gun control.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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