Legislators returned to Springfield this week for a series of “special sessions” called by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to deal with state budget matters, which ended with the Governor vetoing $1.4 billion in spending.

Senator Tim Bivins says most of the reductions – nearly 70 percent – were applied to growth areas in this fiscal year’s budget.

While the vetoes hit funding for areas such as Medicaid, school construction and the Regional Transportation Authority’s reduced fare program, other projects such as staffing for the expansion of the LaSalle Veterans Home remained intact with full funding.

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