Stopgap BudgetThe Illinois General Assembly passed a measure Thursday that would help bring an end to the budget crisis, keep construction projects going and help human service providers open.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), who supported the measure, said he is happy to find compromise in this legislation.

“What we passed today will help keep jobs in the Metro East by ensuring IDOT has the resources to keep its road construction projects going,” Haine said.  “But that’s not the only win we had today. If the governor honors his commitment and signs this legislation, human services agencies like Senior Service Plus, Impact CIL and St. John’s Community Care will finally receive some of the relief they need to keep their doors open and serve seniors and those with disabilities.”

The measure also contains Capital Development Board projects, including renovations for the old science building at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and improvements to residential buildings at the Alton Mental Health center.

“This is great. I have been a longtime supporter of SIUE and the Alton Mental Health Center, and I will continue to help bring similar projects to my district,” Haine added. “I urge the governor to sign the legislation as soon as possible so we can move forward and get Illinois back on track.”

The measures passed both the House and the Senate on Thursday and now will be sent to the governor’s desk for his approval.

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