The stage is set for Illinois lawmakers to approve a full state budget… on time… for the first time since Bruce Rauner was elected governor.
The state Senate overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan spending plan Wednesday night… setting the stage for a final House vote today, the last scheduled day of the legislative session. The $38 billion budget includes revenue from last year’s income tax hike.
It seeks to save money on pensions by allowing a voluntary partial buyout for some state workers. And it includes millions in back pay for AFSCME workers and full funding for state employee health insurance.