- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has advanced a plan to pay for human services during a state budget impasse.

The 36-19 vote Wednesday would provide $1.8 billion in general revenue spending and $2 billion in other state funds for child care, cancer screening, immunizations, autism treatment and more.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have been unable to agree on a budget which should have taken effect July 1. Federal court orders are requiring billions of dollars to be paid for service programs.

Sen. Heather Steans (STAYNZ’) - a Chicago Democrat - says other key programs are being ignored. Her legislation also releases millions of dollars in fuel taxes to municipalities.

Rauner has resisted piecemeal efforts in favor of a universal solution.

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The bill is SB2046

Online: https://www.ilga.gov

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