The Illinois Senate passed a new state budget Wednesday night, touting the spending plan as a bipartisan effort. In what’s been quite a change from previous years, the Senate easily approved the 38.5 billion dollar budget that includes more money for education, initiatives to help keep more college students in Illinois and no tax increases. State Senator Andy Manar says he’s pleased with the finished product.
And, State Senator Dale Righter says it truly reflects on the priorities of both parties and a willingness to put politics aside for a bit.
The budget includes some cuts and pension buyout options to help save money. House lawmakers will vote on the spending plan next.