Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has approved that provides hundreds of millions of dollars for road projects and a boost for more child abuse investigators. Quinn signed the bill yesterday after the Senate voted 38-15 to approve the supplemental appropriation. It's meant to shore up parts of state government that are running short of money with half of the budget year to go. The bill includes $675 million in unanticipated federal and state money available for road projects this spring.
Quinn saved $25 million by closing correctional facilities in the state. That money is being shifted to the Department of Children and Family Services and will pay for investigators and employees who will bolster foster-family services. Republicans complained the bill was rushed.