Illinois House committee OKs $1.8B human services bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has passed a plan to pay for emergency food assistance, mental health and other human services while the state budget stalemate continues.

The House Executive Committee’s 7-0 vote Thursday sends a bill to the full House that would provide $1.8 billion in general revenue and $2 billion in other state funds. It’s not known when the House will vote.

The measure has already passed the Senate.

The Democratic-controlled General Assembly and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner have not agreed on a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. But federal court orders require billions of dollars to be paid for service programs.

Before the vote Rep. Michael Tryon of suburban Crystal Lake questioned passing the bill when the state lacks money to pay for it.