“It is time to put personal grudges behind us and put a real budget in place.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted to pass parts of its “Grand Bargain” package of legislation meant to end the budget impasse that has plagued the state for nearly two years. The package was negotiated between Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno as a way to end the political stalemate.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) voted with his colleagues to end the impasse.

“It is time to put personal grudges behind us and put a real budget in place,” Bennett said. “The reforms in this package along with much-needed funding for social services and higher education are a good starting point to digging our state out of this hole.”

Measures in the package included gaming expansion, procurement reforms, MAP grant funding and a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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