Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to release $5.4 billion in federal funds during a stalemate over the state budget.
The measure was signed into law Thursday, and it takes effect immediately. It will provide funding for social programs such as energy assistance, cancer screenings and family nutrition.
The money was always available, but couldn’t be spent because there still isn’t a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.
Spokesman Lance Trover says Rauner signed the measure “because it will help those in need without adding to the state’s budget deficit.”