(AP) – The Illinois House has approved legislation funding capital projects as Democrats make a piecemeal attempt to push a budget through the General Assembly.
Sponsor Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie says the bulk of the “mini-capital plan” is re-appropriation of funding for ongoing programs, including the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the Capitol building architect and about $10 billion in projects statewide.
New spending includes $800 million to the Illinois Environment Protection Agency for drinking water infrastructure projects and $1.8 billion for other projects.
Lawmakers passed it without debate with a 65-46 vote. It heads to the Senate.
The measure comes as Democrats push a package of bills in the Senate and House that introduce pieces of their proposed $36.3 billion budget.