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$53.1 Billion Illinois State Senate Budget Reflects Governor Pritzker’s Vision Amid GOP Criticism

(photo: Chicago Sun-Times)

The Illinois State Senate passed a $53.1 billion budget, largely following Governor Pritzker’s plan.

Illinois State Senate Passes $53.1 Billion Budget Amid Republican Criticism of Pritzker’s Spending Priorities

The Illinois State Senate passed a $53.1 billion budget on Sunday closely resembling Governor J.B. Pritzker’s plan, sparking disagreement from state Republicans. Democrats praised the budget as fair, despite it surpassing Pritzker’s proposal by $400 million and omitting pension reform, according to the report of Chicago Sun Times.

State Senator Elgie Sims emphasized the budget’s importance in tackling present challenges and laying groundwork for the future, reflecting Illinois values.

Republicans criticized the budget accusing Pritzker of unchecked spending and prioritizing his political agenda over taxpayers concerns particularly highlighting funds allocated for migrants and undocumented individuals.

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Illinois Senate Passes Bills on Delta-8 Products, Prisoner Review Board Reform, and Cannabis Laws Amidst Partisan Debate

The Senate also addressed significant bills, including banning delta-8 products and reforming the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Reforms to the board received unanimous support and were seen as a step towards accountability.

Additionally, the Senate passed legislation modifying cannabis laws, banning the sale of delta-8 products outside licensed dispensaries, aiming to align regulations with existing cannabis laws.

In summary, the Senate’s actions represent a clash of partisan interests and fiscal priorities, shaping Illinois’ socio-economic landscape for the future.

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