Illinois Senate Approves House Spending Plan

Apr 13, 2016

The Illinois Senate today moved swiftly to approve a spending plan the House passed yesterday.

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It authorizes spending nearly 4 billion dollars on higher education and social services -- two areas that have been caught without funding during a prolonged political fight. But Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno says it doesn't mean universities or programs would actually get money. 

Radogno says the state has none to give.

"If you vote for this, you're voting for a hollow promise,” Radogno said. “Let's look at the bills that have funding." 

Republicans -- including the governor -- favor funding measures they've tied to potential long-term savings, like a reduction in pension benefits.

The measure now heads to the governor, but it's likely Bruce Rauner will veto it.