SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall.
The Republican signed the bill Monday after a debate last week over the temporary spending plan in the General Assembly.READ MORE: 8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot In Head In Little Village; Man Critically Wounded
The package includes $170 million for the Monetary Award Program, a needs-based grant that colleges doled out this past school year without state reimbursement.
Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature have been unable to agree for 10 months on a plan for the budget year that began July 1.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois, 1-3 Inches Possible
In a statement Monday, the first-term governor said the law doesn’t solve the budget crisis but is “a first step toward compromise.”
He reiterated his demand for business reforms and union-power curbs first.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 3 Others Injured After Crash In Parking Lot In Waukegan
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