More jobs, better roads, and safer kids. Governor Pat Quinn says all of those will be the result from a massive spending bill that's now on his desk.
Just a day after Quinn used his State of the State address to ask lawmakers to approve the supplemental appropriation, the Senate followed the House's lead and approved the bill. It devotes more than $600 million to road projects, which Quinn says will boost employment when the construction season begins.
It also takes $25 million in savings from facility closures and uses that to prevent layoffs of child abuse investigators in the Department of Children and Family Services. But Republicans say the state cannot afford the extensive additional spending, which totals nearly $2 billion.