Illinois lawmakers send Gov. J.B. Pritzker $40 billion maintenance budget that relies heavily on federal funding

By JAMIE MUNKS and DAN PETRELLA

The Illinois General Assembly passed a maintenance-level $40 billion state budget Saturday night and early Sunday that would rely heavily on federal funding to close a gaping pandemic-driven deficit.

The spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk after a party-line vote in the Senate just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

Later Sunday morning, Pritzker touted the budget lawmakers passed for what it does to support services most heavily affected by COVID-19, and responded to Republican criticisms that the Democratic-controlled legislature gave him too much latitude in managing the budget and its reliance on uncertain federal dollars.

“We’re relying on them to do the right thing for Republican-led states and Democratic states,” Pritzker said of the federal government, in a Sunday morning news conference in Springfield. “This isn’t something special for Illinois, it really is a problem that every state is experiencing. And so I hope that Republicans will step up here instead of simply complaining about the need that the state has to do what I’ve been doing … to get dollars from the federal government to support our state.”

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