SPRINGFIELD --- Democratic Gov.
The bill the governor requested includes $25 million for the Department of Children and Family Services and $12 million for mental health programs, but the priciest parts of the legislation were hundreds of millions of dollars for group health insurance costs and the roadwork that Quinn wants to get moving on in time for the spring construction season.
The legislation sailed through the Democratic-controlled Senate on a 38-15 vote despite a plea from Sen.
Republicans also squawked over the state giving the impoverished East St. Louis schools $9 million to keep roughly 7,000 students in class — along with the expectation that twice that much will be needed to keep schools open through June of next year.
"You kind of create an incentive to perform the poorest, and we'll take care of you" while schools that perform well don't get a cash infusion, said Murphy, R-Palatine.