Illinois House Approves $5.2B Plan to Spend Federal Aid

The Illinois House has passed a plan to spend about $5.2B in federal aid during the current state budget impasse, but not before a measure to add $500M in state funds to the federal pass-through bill failed.

House Speaker Mike Madigan had proposed that amendment, which was called a “poison pill” by Governor Bruce Rauner’s office earlier this week.

The House voted 52-2 to pass that version of the bill, but it needed 71 votes in order to pass.

The Senate now must take a concurrence vote on the “clean” bill, which is supported by Rauner. Senators are not scheduled to return to Springfield until Wednesday of next week.


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