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The Illinois legislature has ended its spring session, passing a new state budget and bills that will go on to Governor Pat Quinn. The 2015 budget comes in at around $35.7 billion. $1 billion will be used for road and bridge projects using money from a prior capital plan.

Legislators also passed ballot measures. This November, voters will be asked whether the state's minimum wage should be increased, and if millionaires should be taxed an additional 3%. Many Democrats approved adding these questions to the ballot, apparently looking to drive voter turnout.

The legislature also passed a bill allowing voters to register on election day this year. Supporters say it gives more residents a voice.

"We're a democracy, so yes," Illinois resident James Willett said. "We should be able to register on voting day."

Willett says he hasn't voted for the last two elections.

"I feel it doesn't matter," he said. "It should be the popular vote. You know, then every vote actually counts."

Resident Chris Chalder says he isn't registered to vote, and supports election-day registration.

"The older population is usually prepared," he said. "We're a little bit of a procrastination generation."

Some residents say last-minute registration might bring in a crowd that has not thought enough about what and who is on the ballot.

"If you're going to register, it's pretty easy, you know, post office," resident Gary Knutsen said. "With the war and everything, and with who is in office, I think we should think quite a bit about what we do before we just last-minute something."

While the legislature passed several bills, there is also some unfinished business. Lawmakers seeking to extend a temporary income tax increase, which went up 1.25% from 2011, did not get enough votes. Supporters, including Gov. Quinn, are expected to try again after elections.

Lawmakers also did not address police and fire pensions, or President Obama's presidential library. Gov. Quinn's proposal to give every Illinois property owner a $500 tax refund also did not advance.

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