“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Lawmakers passed an $817 million “lifeline budget” out of the House that would provide temporary funding relief to higher education and social service and health programs. This included $258 million for programs, including senior meals and crime prevention, and indigent burials. It also included $559 million for state universities, community colleges, and educational grants for low-income students.

Before the debate had even taken place Governor Bruce Rauner had pledged to veto any stopgap measure absent property tax relief. As such, no Republican voted for the initiative and argued that the measure was just delaying a real fix to the problem.

HB 109 (Rep. Greg Harris, D- Chicago) passed on a vote of 64-45-1 and heads to the Senate for additional consideration.

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