Springfield (AP) -- Illinois House
Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing more money for state programs. Madigan's
plan takes advantage of new funds for road building and shifts money saved from
closing a prison to child-welfare services.
The House Executive Committee was
scheduled to consider the appropriations bill Monday.
Transportation advocates want quick
action on a $675 million addition to the transit-construction plan so that more
concrete can be laid this spring. The state is getting more federal money than
anticipated and favorable conditions such as higher tax revenues mean more
state funding too.
Gov. Pat Quinn's prison closing means $25
million that would be shifted to the Department of Children and Family
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