The Illinois House voted 115 to 1 Tuesday to allow for $1.9 billion in collected tax funds to be disbursed to multiple parties.
The funds will be doled out to several parties that are owed funds including lottery winners. Motor-fuel tax monies will go to municipalities and wireless phone tax receipts will be paid out to emergency dispatch centers via the bill. The chamber voted on the measure after Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed to compromise and sign the bill, HB 4305, if passed.
"To further strengthen the progress made over the last few days, legislators can - and should - fund the public safety and critical services excluded from (the legislation), including salt for snow-covered roads, funds for veterans in state-run homes and debt service payments that would ensure Illinois avoids a debt default," Rauner's deputy chief of staff Richard Goldberg wrote in a memo to lawmakers .
Previously, the governor said he would not support "piece-meal" fiscal legislation.
In other state legislative news, the Senate has adjourned and is not scheduled to meet again until the upcoming session next year. Senate President John Cullerton said he will not call the chamber's lawmakers back to Springfield unless it is to vote on substantive legislation, according to the Associated Press.
The House is expected back in session on December 2.