SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate Democrats are pushing through a state budget proposal.
Three measures passed Wednesday on partisan votes. Republicans complained the plan spends too much and uses tricks to stay within expected revenue of about $34 billion.
They say Democrats are rushing a plan to get a jump on the House in setting the budget agenda.
Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans sponsored two of the measures. She said the budget is balanced, avoids cuts to elementary and secondary education, and keeps some facilities open that Gov. Pat Quinn has said the state must close.