Illinois State representatives have cleared a budget without Republican support, but one Democratic senator doesn’t think this will be the last plan that is brought to the floor. The budget holds flat on education funding but calls for cuts in some areas, including a 90-million-dollar cut for prisons. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill):
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The middle of the road budget comes in at about $35.7-billion. That's about $3-billion short of what Democrats were hoping for but with no support to extend the tax hike, the bill had to be scaled back. Lawmakers have until Saturday to get the budget through the Senate.