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Illinois Legislature’s $42 Billion Budget Heads to Pritzker, Severin Reacts

Governor J.B. Pritzker (Photo: Illinois Central Management Services Bureau of Agency Services)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature worked past its midnight deadline to approve a $42 billion state budget early Tuesday.

The budget was based on tax revenue sources that rebounded much faster from the global pandemic than expected and including $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package. The plan assembled on the final scheduled day of the Legislature’s spring session incorporated just a portion of the $8 billion Illinois expects in COVID-19 relief money that Congress approved last winter — but that pot includes $1.5 billion in additional construction projects.

House Majority Leader Greg Harris pronounced a balanced budget that reinstates $350 million extra for public schools that was promised annually in a 2017 school-funding overhaul.

State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) released the following statement after a $42 billion budget passed the Illinois House on Monday night, after being given the legislation to consider less than ten minutes before having to vote on the legislation as amended.

“The Illinois FY 22 budget spends more than $42 billion, includes an $1,100 pay raise for legislators, spends $1 billion in pork projects for Democratic politicians,” Severin said. “I was given a little less than ten minutes to read the final product. I cannot in good faith vote to spend taxpayer money this way. The process needs reformed from the bottom up. Sunshine is the best disinfectant. You don’t get much sunshine at midnight, and that’s when this massive spending plan passed.”

The FY 2022 State budget passed the Illinois House on partisan lines with all Republicans opposing the measure.