State: House votes to release nearly $3 billion in funding

State Representatives voted Wednesday to free up nearly $3 billion to fund Illinois’ local governments. If the Senate concurs, the bill will send funds from the Motor Fuel-Tax Fund to fund road maintenance.

It also releases the local share of video gaming revenue and phone-tax money for emergency dispatch services.

The measure would also release $1 billion to pay winners of the Illinois Lottery, and it would provide assistance to low-income families with their utilities.

While the bill did draw criticism from Republicans for spending general revenue funds on domestic violence shelters and funding for the Secretary of State’s office, it passed easily with votes from both parties. Governor Rauner also gave the bill a word of support in an afternoon news conference.

Brad Cole with the Illinois Municipal League says those funds can’t arrive soon enough.

The state has withheld these funds from municipalities since July 1 when the governor and lawmakers could not agree on a budget. The Senate is due back in session next Monday.

Illinois News Network

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