Illinois House makes budget progress

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois House votes 90-25 in favor omnibus appropriations amendment Friday to move a step closer to the passage of a state budget. 

The amendment outlines the state's budget for FY2018, which begins Saturday. It was a vote on a second reading and must be voted on again to send the measure to the Senate for consideration. While the vote shows progress, it means there is still work to be done to reach a final budget deal. 

House Speaker Michael Madigan says lawmakers will still be in session Saturday, where they'll have to debate non-budget related issues and revenue streams for a proposed budget plan. 

Madigan has also asked credit rating agencies to hold off on downgrading the state's bonds to junk status due to the progress being made. 


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