- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday announced additional plans to cut spending if Illinois lawmakers are unable to reach a deal on a new state budget.

Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature have been unable to agree on a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Last week, the governor said he was preparing to close state museums and ground state planes and was reviewing Illinois juvenile detention centers for closure.

Here’s a look at the latest round of plans Rauner released Friday, most of which would take effect July 1:

-Suspend capital construction projects, including at state colleges, schools and facilities. The freeze would not include road projects.

-More frequent review of eligibility for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income and disabled people.

-Make it more difficult for some elderly and disabled residents to qualify for home-based care.

-Close the World Shooting Recreational Complex near Sparta. (Effective Sept. 1).

-Suspend some funding to county fairs, agricultural extension programs and soil and water conservation districts.

-Suspend funding for Choose Chicago, which promotes tourism.

-Reduce funding for Amtrak

-Cut funding for state-supported job training programs.

-Discontinue subsidies to coal companies.

-Suspend funding for violence prevention programs such as Operation CeaseFire.

-Delay the opening of the Chicago Veterans’ Home.

-Suspend funding for the Tobacco Quitline and Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV.

Source: Governor’s office.


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