Largest state budget in Illinois history signed despite bipartisan calls for cuts

Largest state budget in Illinois history signed despite bipartisan calls for cuts


(The Center Square) – The largest taxpayer spending plan in Illinois state history was signed Wednesday.

Approved by the House last week, and the Senate the week before that, the budget spends $53.1 billion in state funds. That’s 32% higher than when Gov. J.B. Pritzker first took office in 2019. Add federal tax dollars and other state funds, the fiscal year 2025 plan spends $125 billion.

Before signing the budget Wednesday, Pritzker heralded the budget.

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“Education, health care, housing, child care, these are some of the most important issues at the top of mind for Illinois families and this budget goes a long way toward addressing them,” Pritzker said.

The budget also spends about $970 million on non-citizen migrants.

Before voting “no,” Senate Minority Leader

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