Governor Quinn signs state's 2013 budget into law

By WEEK Reporter

Governor Quinn signs state's 2013 budget into law

June 30, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois' budget battle for the 2013 fiscal year is finished.

Saturday, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the state's $33.7 billion spending plan.

That's $57 million less than the budget plan given to him by the general assembly.

Acting on his vow to cut discretionary spending, Quinn recently followed through on his promise to close several state prisons and homes for the developmentally disabled.

Overall, this budget cuts expenditures by $1.4 billion, compared to last year.

Saturday, Quinn used the signing as an opportunity to pressure lawmakers into acting on the state's largest liability- pension reform, adding dollars that are being used to supplement state retirement funds, could instead go toward schools, healthcare and social services.

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