The Illinois House agreed Wednesday to unlock $5.2 billion in federal funding for such things as energy assistance, family nutrition and cancer screenings after Democrats backed off their push to include some state spending in the bill.
What began as a bipartisan effort to distribute $5 billion in federal funds, and keep some Illinois programs afloat despite a budget stalemate, appeared Tuesday to be headed for a veto by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner amid a continuing financing feud with Democrats in the General Assembly.
A St. Louis trolley project is at risk of losing $22 million in federal funding after questions were raised about delays and management.
Federal funding that supports pediatric residency training programs at hospitals for children could shrink or go away unless the president and others in Washington act soon.
Chris Koster joins 43 other state attorneys general in asking for 15.8 million dollars.
Illinois is losing 18,000 youth jobs this summer.