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An additional $1.8 billion in spending approved by Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois will be allowed to spend an additional $1.8 billion in the current budget year due to legislation that Governor Pat Quinn has signed.

The measure adds to the 2014 budget totaling $35.4 billion that lawmakers approved last May.  It passed the Legislature before the General Assembly adjourned for the spring last month.

Representative Greg Harris, a House budget negotiator, says thanks to an improved economy that generated more sales and income tax than was anticipated, Illinois had a higher-than-projected revenue.

The supplemental budget legislation uses about $900 million to pay some of Illinois' backlog of unpaid bills.  According to the comptroller's office that backlog totals about $4.7 billion.  Extra funds will go toward public safety and Medicaid.
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