This afternoon, the Illinois House of Representatives voted on an emergency budget to fund a $1.6 billion shortfall in Fiscal Year 2015. The bill, which passed with 69 votes will give Governor Rauner the flexibility needed to fund the unbalanced budget by reallocating funds to meet certain obligations such as childcare assistance for low-income families and services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
“Today we took a step in the right direction in voting to fund our state budget which is over a billion dollars out of balance. Unless immediate action was taken, the State of Illinois would be unable to fund certain programs aimed at providing services for our most vulnerable citizens and would further jeopardize school funding in future budgets,” explained State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), who voted in favor of the emergency budget. “In granting emergency budget authority to the Governor we took a responsible, bi-partisan approach to one of the worst budget crises in recent memory.”
While this legislation addressed concerns over the Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget, the General Assembly will hear budget bills for Fiscal Year 2016 over the next several weeks.