State

'Incomplete' Ill. budget leaves agencies in limbo

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers left Springfield last week after approving an election-year budget that's leaving everyone from Illinois' prison authorities to historic agency officials wondering about what comes next.

The $35.7 billion spending plan keeps most funding flat after Democrats couldn't find enough votes to extend the state's temporary income increase to fill a hole in revenues.

Gov. Pat Quinn has slammed the so-called "maintenance" plan, calling it "incomplete."

The plan doesn't allocate enough money to cover expenses, uses special funds for day-to-day operations and banks on future increases in revenue that may or may not materialize.

State agencies, schools and social service providers say they're planning for worst-case scenarios as they wait on details about how to implement the plan.

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