The Illinois Senate has sent the governor a supplemental appropriations bill, which had no support from the Republicans. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) admitted to supporting some areas of the bill, but voted against the bill for other reasons. “The huge massive size of this $2.2 billion bill is something that I can’t support, given the economic nature of we’re dealing with,” Brady said.
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State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) has problems with the East St. Louis school district receiving money. “We’re not treating everybody equally. And if it’s $1,400 (per student), then it should be $1,400 for everybody, whether it’s East St. Louis, your kids or my kids,” Rose said.
The measure re-allocates money that was budgeted but not spent in other areas of the budget, and uses some of that to access additional federal funds to pay for transportation projects.
H.B. 190 passed the Senate today 38-15, and goes to the governor. The governor’s office issued a statement saying the governor looks forward to signing the bill.