The Illinois General Assembly passed the FY19 budget this week and Governor Rauner has called the plan a step in the right direction and has promised swift action. The bipartisan budget includes no new tax increases, funding for the Quincy Veterans Home, savings for local governments, and funding for early childhood, K-12 and higher education, as well as the Discovery Partners Institute.
- Associated Press: Rauner Promises Swift Action on Budget
“We worked together to provide a budget to the people of Illinois that can be balanced with hard work and continued bipartisan effort to deliver on the promises it makes,” Rauner said in a statement in which he promised quick action to enact the plan for the year that begins July 1… The Senate voted 56-2 Wednesday night on the plan that increases elementary and secondary education by $350 million and fully funds the state’s pension obligations and $4 billion for state employee group health insurance.
- Chicago Sun-Times: ‘Realistic’ budget heads to Gov. Rauner’s desk after bipartisan ‘love fest’
With the words “trust” and “bipartisanship” uttered repeatedly on the Illinois House floor, lawmakerson Thursday quickly approved a $38.5 billion budget that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll sign. … To address students fleeing Illinois, the budget also includes a new $25 million tuition grant which will provide additional tuition assistance.
- Chicago Tribune: Illinois House passes state budget; Rauner says he’ll approve it
Illinois House passes state budget; Rauner says he’ll approve it. … The House agreed to the $38.5 billion proposal by a 97-18 vote, following a landslide 54-2 tally in the Senate on Wednesday night. Rauner said in a statement he plans to approve it. … Lawmakers also approved $2.2 billion in spending on an infrastructure program Rauner announced earlier in the week. They granted him $53 million to cover the first-year costs of constructing a new veterans home in Quincy to address a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that dates to 2015 — the handling of which has been a matter of controversy for the governor. And they set aside $500 million for an innovation center in the South Loop that’s being led by the University of Illinois and has been heavily touted by Rauner.
- Reuters: Illinois budget speeds through legislature, heads to governor
The Republican governor praised the bipartisan effort and compromise and said he will be taking action soon to enact the spending plan, which the Senate overwhelmingly passed on Wednesday. … The budget adds $350 million to a new K-12 school funding formula enacted last year, increases higher education spending by 2 percent, reduces cuts in state aid to local governments, and appropriates $1.3 billion to pay previously incurred expenses. It also includes a voluntary buyout of certain pension benefits expected to save the state about $423 million in fiscal 2019.
- WGLT: Illinois House Sends $38 Billion Budget To Rauner
“The Fiscal Year 2019 budget is the result of bipartisan effort and compromise,” Rauner added. “We worked together to provide a budget to the people of Illinois that can be balanced, with hard work and continued bipartisan effort to deliver on the promises it makes. I’ll be taking action quickly to enact the Fiscal Year 2019 budget into law.” … The budget creates a $50 million scholarship fund to keep Illinois students from leaving the state for college. It also provides includes $400 million of K-12 funding for early childhood education, and it maintains the new funding formula passed last year.