Schools, veterans, and prisons get more money under new budget

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SPRINGFIELD - Nearly 80 appropriations measures were adopted by the Illinois House Thursday.  The measures form the basis of a $37 billion budget that begins July 1, and includes more money for schools, veterans' homes, and prisons.

Early childhood education would receive $25 million, and public school transportation would get $54 million.  The Department of Corrections would receive $9 million to transform two closed juvenile facilities into a center for treating offenders with severe mental health problems and a facility for adult drunk driving offenders.  Another $9 million would go to veterans homes for increased staffing costs.

However, the plan relies on making a temporary income tax permanent, something lawmakers have yet to approve.

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