SPRINGFIELD, MO.(AP)-Illinois lawmakers have approved $18 billion in construction spending that had been held up by haggling over the state budget. The action eliminates the possibility that government construction across the state would have shut down after June 30, the final day of the current budget.
The House approved the money 103-0 Wednesday. The Senate quickly
followed with a 52-0 vote. The votes basically give the state permission to spend money that has been set aside for construction in the past.
This is usually a routine process, but this year Senate Democrats tried to add $430 million in unrelated spending to the construction bill. The House refused to go along. Eventually, Senate Democrats dropped their demands.
The bill is SB2414.