Ill. House OKs Money for Cities, Lottery

Springfield (AP) — Illinois lawmakers put another patch on the state’s stopgap spending plan Wednesday, approving a package that will funnel more than $3 billion in special funds to help communities pay for snow removal and keep 911 telephone systems from closing. On a 107-1 vote, Democrats and Republicans joined together to silence angry mayors and county officials whose communities had not received their share of motor fuel tax dollars that finance road salt purchases and snow removal. The measure now heads to the Senate, which is expected to convene next week. Gov. Bruce Rauner supports the measure.