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Illinois Passes Budget, Moving to Avert Repeat of Impasse

  • House approves spending plan that Senate passed late Wednesday
  • Budget now goes to Governor Rauner’s desk for signature
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Illinois lawmakers approved a bipartisan spending plan, leaving the state poised for its first on-time budget in four years and avoid a repeat of the record impasse that pushed its credit rating to the brink of junk.

The state House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve the $38.5 billion spending plan for the year that starts July 1, after the Senate approved the measure late Wednesday. Governor Bruce Rauner said he will sign the package of bills, which will mark the first time since the Republican took office in 2015 that the state has enacted a full-year budget on time.