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Bill with road, child-service money goes to Quinn

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate is sending the governor legislation that provides hundreds of millions of dollars for immediate road projects and a boost to the Department of Children and Family Services to pay for more abuse investigators.

The Senate voted 38-15 Thursday on the supplemental appropriation designed to shore up parts of state government that are running short of money with half of the budget year to go.

It includes more than $600 million in unanticipated federal and state money available for road projects this spring. There's $25 million saved from Gov. Pat Quinn's closure of correctional facilities that will be shifted to financing child-abuse investigators and employees who will bolster foster-family services.

Republicans complained that the bill contains $2 billion in spending.

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The bill is HB190.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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