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small businessSPRINGFIELD  Recognizing the need for stability for a state dealing with an unprecedented crisis, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) returned to Springfield to vote on a responsible new budget to help bring relief to struggling Illinoisans. 

“We are living through a nightmare, but we can’t afford to shut down and wait for it to end while families and small businesses struggle to survive,” Bush said. “This isn’t a normal year, and this budget will reflect the unique circumstances under which it’s being passed. It already has nearly $1 billion in cuts from the governor’s original budget proposal.” 

The new budget will address key priorities including:

  • Providing more than $600 million in funding for businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Preserving$12.6 billion in P-12 education funding
  • Providing an additional $30 million for mental health and substance abuse programs affected by COVID-19
  • Providing nearly $180 million in additional DCFS funding 
  • Providing $396 million to the Illinois Housing Development Authority for grants to help people who lost their income due to COVID-19 make rent and mortgage payments
  • Providing IDES with $60 million in additional funding to address challenges with the unemployment system

“This pandemic has exposed the shortfall in resources for our children’s education, as well as the lack of help for families and individuals who live paycheck to paycheck who now find themselves struggling to pay their rent or mortgage,” Bush said. “The most responsible thing to do right now is to provide resources to those who need them immediately.”

Senate Bill 264 passed the Illinois Senate 37-19.  

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