The Senate wrapped up a two-day trip back to Springfield May 27 by advancing budget bills, approving tax amnesty legislation and overriding an amendatory veto of McPier reform legislation, but did not consider a measure to borrow $4 billion that would be used to finance the state’s pension obligations.
Senator Tim Bivins said the planned state budget—in House Bill 859 and Senate Bill 1215—has been advanced by the House of Representatives and will now be sent to Governor Pat Quinn.
The measures will increase state spending by $1 billion over the previous year, spending about $6 billion more than the state will take in. In addition, more than $6 billion in bills from the current fiscal year will be left unpaid.
No Senate Republicans supported the deficit budget.
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