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Governor Signs State Budget for FY 2013

Governor Quinn has signed a set of FY 2013 appropriations bills that were passed by the General Assembly at the end of May. The Governor used his veto authority to reduce appropriations for the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice and proceed with planned closures of two adult correctional facilities and two youth detention centers. The Governor expressed disapproval of the General Assembly’s cuts to education and the Department of Children and Family Services and indicated that he “will seek to reallocate funding in the fall towards protecting children.”¹

The enacted state budget continues the trend of the past three years—erosion of investments in children and families across Illinois. This policy bulletin provides a brief overview of changes in four major state agencies and suggests some strategies to mitigate harmful spending cuts as well as to reduce the backlog unpaid bills.

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