A good deal of attention is being focused on a Dec. 1 sit-down between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders as Illinois is remains without a budget for almost five months.

But other dates are approaching that may be far more important to hopes for a deal on a spending plan, because getting there has as much to do with political timing as getting everyone in the same room or agreeing on what and how much to fund.

For politicians, the calendar often dictates motivations. And considerations such as the primary election in March and whether they will face opposition could be as big a factor as anything in getting a deal before spring.

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