Illinois Senate approves stop-gap spending measure

UPDATE: The Illinois Senate has sent legislation to Gov. Bruce Rauner that frees up billions of dollars for local governments.
There was little discussion Monday on the measure before a 53-0 vote in favor of it. Republican Rauner supports the measure – a rare compromise in a year where there’s still no budget agreement six months into the fiscal year.
The thrust of the bill is to release tax revenue on motor fuel, cellphone calls and more for local governments. There’s state funding to help low-income residents pay heating bills and to keep domestic violence shelters open.

The Illinois Senate convenes Monday and should take up a stop-gap funding measure designed to release nearly $2 billion owed to local cities and counties.
The legislation swept through the House last week after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner compromised with Democrats. He emphasized public-safety measures such as road salt for the coming winter. But a document obtained by The Associated Press showed Rauner requested over $400 million in spending, mostly to keep his state agencies operating.
Rauner and majority Democrats in the General Assembly have been unable to agree on a spending plan for the year that began July 1.
The thrust of the bill is to release tax revenue on motor fuel, cellphone calls and more which should be sent to local governments.

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