Ill. House OKs $2.1 billion in spending

By WEEK Producer

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- On Tuesday, Illinois House members approved spending over $2 billion on road building and transferred money from the department of corrections to child welfare and mental health services.

The "supplemental appropriation" was pushed through by majority Democrats and Republicans said the bill was included "millions in unnecessary and irresponsible spending".

GOP leader Tom Cross argued against the bill.

"When you come before this chamber and say 'We want to appropriate all this money', and not focus on a single reform, yes, it's cause for pause. Yes, we have concerns, and yes, we are not going to support it," said Cross.

The appropriations bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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