Illinois House Approves Money for Colleges and Social Service Agencies
Sponsor Calls Money a 'Lifeline'
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Illinois State Capitol
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The Illinois House has approved funding for colleges, universities and social service agencies that saw state money run out when a stopgap budget expired last year.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris described the measure Monday as a "lifeline." It authorizes about $400 million for higher education and $258 million for human services. A spending plan passed last year provided funds only through Dec. 31.

Harris says the money will help students pay tuition and ensure services such as mental health care and meals for elderly residents continue.

Republicans argued the bill spends money Illinois doesn't have and that the state needs a comprehensive solution to its budget crisis.

The House approved it 63-49 on Monday. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where lawmakers would need to act before adjourning the session on Tuesday.

The bill is SB2051

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