Rauner signs plan to bridge budget shortfall

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a compromise plan to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services.
Rauner signed the legislation Thursday evening, hours after the Democratic-led Senate approved it 32-26, with all 20 Republicans voting for it. Two days earlier, the House also approved the bills with full GOP support.
Following weeks of negotiation, Rauner reached the deal with Democratic legislative leaders, even though the majority of Democrats in both chambers voted against the compromise.
The plan authorizes him to transfer $1.3 billion from other purposes, including parks and conservation. The rest comes from a 2.25 percent across-the-board budget cut. It also gives Rauner authority over $97 million to distribute to needy schools.