In a rare show of bipartisanship this summer, state senators approved more money for K-12 education and are allowing federal money to go to state agencies that need it.

State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) says $4.8 billion from the feds cannot be distributed at present because there's no spending authority. But with unanimous support, a measure to allow it flew out of the Senate. Does this mean the pressure's off to craft a full year spending plan?

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No, because agencies won't get all their promised money.

“They're all still banking on using their reserves, short term reserves and lines of credit,” Steans says. “They can only do that for a very short period of time. We're going to start seeing more and more social service agencies having to close down if we don't get a budget in place.”

Steans is hopeful, though, because the measure to put more money toward schools, $74 million, also had wide bipartisan support.


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