Ill. House holds purse in battle over prison money
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, rebuffed by the Senate on Wednesday in his attempt to steer money from prisons to child protection, now takes his case to the House, which holds the purse strings on the Democrat’s plan to shutter state facilities.
The Senate voted, 35-16, to reject Quinn’s effort to move the $57 million as part of a budget veto.
The action sends the issue to the House, where an override would not force the Democratic governor to keep two targeted prisons and juvenile detention centers open, but would prohibit him from spending the money elsewhere.
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