Spending Limits http://wkms.org en Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits http://wkms.org/post/illinois-house-approves-austere-spending-limits <p>Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.&nbsp; The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent. Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.&nbsp; The House approved it 91-16 yesterday. Now it goes to the state Senate.&nbsp; The measure calls for paying about $1.3 billion in overdue bills, or about 16 percent of the backlog.&nbsp; It also increases the state&#39;s annual contribution to government retirement systems.&nbsp; Democratic Rep. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:21:03 +0000 Todd Hatton 17460 at http://wkms.org