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THE ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE HAS APPROVED A MORE THAN 40 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET THAT REFLECTS THE ADDED PRESSURE THAT COVID-19 HAS PLACED UPON THE STATE. 

REPRESENTATIVE GREG HARRIS OF CHICAGO SAYS IT’S BEEN AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT YEAR.

 

THAT’S WHY THE STATE MAY BORROW UP TO FIVE BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO HELP FILL SOME GAPS. THAT WOULD BE PAID BACK WITH ANTICIPATED AID PASSED BY CONGRESS. REPRESENTATIVE TOM DEMMER OF DIXON IS CRITICAL OF THAT PLAN.

 

THE BUDGET, WHICH TAKES EFFECT ON JULY FIRST, ADDRESSES MANY OF THE STATE’S NEEDS DURING THE PANDEMIC SAYS SENATOR ANDY MANAR OF BUNKER HILL.

 

 

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WILL GET THE SAME AMOUNT OF FUNDING AS THEY DID LAST YEAR. THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR COVID TESTING AND MONEY TO HIRE MORE CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATORS.

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