Governor Rauner Signs “Pass Through” Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill that will help the State of Illinois provide services to some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Senate Bill 2042 allocates $4.8B in federal “pass through” dollars that do not require a state match.

Lance Trover, Director of Communications for Governor Rauner, says in a press release:

Governor Rauner supported and signed this clean pass through bill because it will help those in need without adding to the state’s budget deficit. While the Governor continues to work on passing a balanced budget with structural reforms to maximize how much we can invest in our schools and important social services, some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens will be able to receive additional support.

The bill was previously amended by House Speaker Michael Madigan, in an attempt to add state revenue, a move that the Governor’s Office termed a “poison pill”. The bill signed Thursday by Rauner does not contain that additional state revenue.

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