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.