A budget was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn late July 15, ending an impasse that had threatened a shutdown of state government.

Senator Tim Bivins says the budget package is not an ideal solution, because the state should not be trying to borrow itself out of a financial crisis and should not be delaying difficult decisions that will make it even harder to resolve the state’s financial problems next year.

“The House and the Senate passed several bills that gave the state a budget and avoided shutting down state government. However, the Governor can still lay off employees and the budget measure doesn’t fully fund human services,” Senator Bivins said. “Organizations like Kreider in Dixon, Self- Help Enterprises in Sterling, Sinnissippi Centers and Malcom Eaton in Freeport are still in jeopardy, along with the Department of Corrections – which is among the several reasons why I voted ‘no’ on this budget.

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