A package of short-term spending measures, HB190, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday, giving Illinois road construction a $675
million boost this spring.
The $1.5 billion supplemental
spending bill also includes $12 million to restore community mental
health program grants that were cut from last year's budget and $9
million to keep the long-troubled East St. Louis public schools
district, with 6,500 students, open through the end of the year.
road construction season rapidly approaching, Quinn signed the bill
into law just hours after the Senate approved it. Republicans complained
the bill did not receive enough input from taxpayers before it was
“The projects are going to be let in March, so we
had to move expeditiously to make sure we move forward on them and get
them built,” said State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), who sponsored