Illinois GOP Leaders Want to Free Up Unspent Money for Social Programs

Apr 7, 2016

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending to cover human services.

Christine Radogno is minority leader of the Senate. She and House GOP Leader Jim Durkin say most of the money would come from state funds set up for special purposes. The money in those funds can't be spent because there's no budget to provide spending authority.

Radogno says it's necessary for services for the elderly, child support, affordable housing, drug addiction treatment and diversionary programs for low-level criminal offenders.

She says her spending plan depends on passage of her other legislation to reduce public pension costs.

Legislative Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been at odds over a spending plan for 10 months.