Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.

The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent. Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.

The House approved it 91-16 on Thursday. Now it goes to the state Senate.


The measure calls for paying about $1.3 billion in overdue bills, or about 16 percent of the backlog.

It also increases the state’s annual contribution to government retirement systems.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris supports the plan but calls it “truly, truly unpleasant.”

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  • ak

    its more unpleasant for taxpayers and will continue to be until this cesspool of self-serving bureaucrats [aka the IL state legislature] begins to deal with one of the real underlying problems by overhauling pension benefits and policies

  • Wolf

    What nonsense…it is time to restructure and reform the bloated public sector operations that means headcount and compensation and total reform of the fraudulent pension scam…it appears these criminals are not going to address their own bacon and that of their friends…we need total reform of how budgets and labor agreements are approved…it should be through taxpayer referendums at elections…the fraud being perpetrated on taxpayers today is unbelievable…

  • Lottery Neophyte

    I hope the state wins the state lottery, that would help! Since getting struck by lightning is more likely to happen, maybe it’s time to cut the spending. You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip. If the private sector can’t find good paying jobs, there is nobody to pay the taxes needed for all the public sector employees. The problem is the thousands of companies (and good paying jobs) have left the country. The company my dad worked at in Illinois moved to Mexico. They are sending the products right back over the border. Nobody can compete with those prices. The unemployed can’t support themselves, much less the state employees, for a long period of time.

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