Illinois Senate advance spending plan for human services

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 — 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.