House to consider road funds, child-welfare money
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House is poised to consider more money for state programs in a plan that takes advantage of new road building funds and shifts money saved from prison closures to child-welfare services, sparing up to 1,900 jobs.
The Executive Committee voted, 9-2, Monday afternoon to move the plan to the House floor. It includes a $675 million boost to transit construction highly prized by businesses and labor unions and $25 million saved from a bitter fight over closing correctional facilities to put nearly 140 more child-abuse investigators on the street.
The legislation is part of an annual exercise aimed at shoring up parts of state government that are running short of money halfway through the fiscal year.
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