Illinois House Passes ‘Mini’ Capital Projects Plan

(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.

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