A stopgap budget was passed in Springfield on Thursday after nearly two years without a spending plan in Illinois. Local Stat Sen. Dale Righter said that passing the temporary measure was necessary.
The partial spending plan funds K-12 education for a full year and higher ed for six months. It also funds other government function such as Illinois’ highway construction project and Human Services.
According to Sen. Righter, the K-12 funding side of the bill is a step in the right direction for Illinois.
However, moving forward will be a challenge Righter said. He criticized House Speaker Michael Madigan for waiting until the last minute get things done.
The new fiscal year began Friday.