Ill. lawmakers pass $1B capital bill, adjourn session -

Ill. lawmakers pass $1B capital bill, adjourn session

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Legislature has adjourned its spring session after the Senate approved a bill early Saturday that would fund $1 billion in new transportation projects.

The new capital construction bill will fund what state transportation Secretary Ann Schneider calls “shovel ready” road and bridge projects across the state. The House passed the legislation Thursday.

On Friday the chamber’s Democratic majority also finalized a $35.7 billion budget that they acknowledged puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue. That includes possibly deciding after the November election whether to make Illinois’ temporary tax increase permanent.

Lawmakers are returning to their districts to campaign for election. On the line are control of the governor’s mansion and Democrats’ supermajority status in the House.

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