Illinois Senate OK’s $3.8B Spending Bill Amid Budget Impasse

Springfield (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats passed a $3.8 billion funding bill for colleges and social services Thursday amid Republican objections that the state doesn’t have the money to fulfill the proposal’s promises. Democrats used their considerable majority in the chamber to easily pass the bill on a 39-18 vote, which has already cleared the House. The proposal would appropriate nearly $1.9 billion to colleges and universities that have not received funding since July 1, when the current year budget should’ve taken effect. The bill’s passage came on the day Comptroller Leslie Munger told a Senate committee that the state’s owes nearly $9 billion to vendors who provide services to the state. That tab could top $10 billion by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, Munger told lawmakers.