'Incomplete' Ill. budget leaves agencies in limbo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers left Springfield last week after approving an election-year budget that's leaving everyone from Illinois' prison authorities to historic agency officials wondering about what comes next.

The $35.7 billion spending plan keeps most funding flat after Democrats couldn't find enough votes to extend the state's temporary income increase to fill a hole in revenues.

Gov. Pat Quinn has slammed the so-called "maintenance" plan, calling it "incomplete."

The plan doesn't allocate enough money to cover expenses, uses special funds for day-to-day operations and banks on future increases in revenue that may or may not materialize.

State agencies, schools and social service providers say they're planning for worst-case scenarios as they wait on details about how to implement the plan.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment