The arrival of July 1 means a new state budget year, and it's becoming a regular occurrence for lawmakers and the governor to be at odds over the new spending plan. A look at some of the recent disputes showing history repeating itself on the budget.

The arrival of July 1 means a new state budget year, and it's becoming a regular occurrence for lawmakers and the governor to be at odds over the new spending plan.

Here's a look at some of the recent disputes showing history repeating itself on the budget:

2004

The Crisis: The first of the big battles between then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and lawmakers. Blagojevich wants to add about $1 billion in spending, much of it for education and health care for the poor. Lawmakers counter with a much smaller increase, or none at all, because of a budget deficit of more than $2 billion.

The dispute spills over the May 31 targeted end of session. Lawmakers agree to extend the current budget by a month to cover expenses for July.

The Result: Lawmakers and the governor agree to a budget that falls in the middle of their spending demands in late July, just in time for Democrats to go to Boston for the Democratic National Convention, where then-U.S. Senate hopeful Barack Obama is the keynote speaker.

2007

The Crisis: The most heated and lengthiest of battles between Blagojevich and lawmakers result from his push for a huge tax on businesses – handily rejected by the House – leaving a big budget gap. The two sides agree on a one-month budget extension for July, but that passes and there's still no final deal.

Repeated special sessions lead to a lawsuit between Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan over lawmakers being forced to work at specific times and days. Union workers successfully sue Comptroller Dan Hynes in mid-August to ensure they'll get paid.

The Result: Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones cut a deal on a new budget that does not include Blagojevich's major health insurance program expansion, and it's approved in mid-August. Blagojevich then cuts out nearly $500 million in other spending to help pay for the health care expansion, and Jones refuses to let lawmakers override most of those cuts.

2008

The Crisis: What turns out to be the final battle between Blagojevich and lawmakers never really ends until his impeachment and removal from office early this year.

Rather than go through another overtime session, lawmakers send Blagojevich a budget they know doesn't have enough money and leave town at the end of May. He says it's more than $2 billion in the hole and orders cuts for drug dependence organizations, parks and other programs.

The Result: Lawmakers use extra sessions in the summer and fall to restore many of the cuts, but Blagojevich won't budge and allows parks and historic sites to close. After his impeachment, Gov. Pat Quinn restores the cuts but a big spending gap remains and is rolled over, combining with the next year's problem for a $11.6 billion deficit.

Ryan Keith can be reached at (217) 788-1518 or ryan.keith@sj-r.com.