The busy Wednesday at the Capitol included more testimony by social service providers and clients over the lack of a budget. That was for a Committee of the Whole in the Illinois House, capped by a vote on a one-month, $31 million appropriation for those programs.

The vote was on an amendment to a bill which could get a final vote when the House is back Tuesday.

“Where apparently we disagree,” said State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), “is we (Republicans) want those paid under the confines of a balanced budget, something you maybe do not understand, given the past twelve years of unbalanced budgets.”

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The programs showcased Wednesday include The Autism Program and Lincoln's Challenge.

The bill to keep essential services operating, and to pay state employees, in July passed the Senate and awaits the governor's action, prompting House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) to say, “We would strongly recommend to the governor that he put politics aside, that he ignore the advice of his campaign advisors, and sign the bill.”

HB 4142 awaits a final vote in the House.


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