Springfield (AP) -- The Illinois
Senate is sending the governor legislation that provides hundreds of millions
of dollars for immediate road projects and a boost to the Department of
Children and Family Services to pay for more abuse investigators.
The Senate voted 38-15 Thursday on the supplemental appropriation
designed to shore up parts of state government that are running short of money
with half of the budget year to go.
It includes more than $600 million in unanticipated federal and state
money available for road projects this spring. There's $25 million saved from
Gov. Pat Quinn's closure of correctional facilities that will be shifted to
financing child-abuse investigators and employees who will bolster
Republicans complained that the bill contains $2 billion in spending.