Illinois House plans vote on pumped-up federal-funds plan

- The Illinois House convenes to consider a proposal to cut loose $5 billion in available federal funding despite there being no state budget.

The proposal has been overhauled since the Senate approved it last month. House Democrats added $1.4 billion in spending - including $585 million state general revenue.

Because there's no agreement on a state budget that was supposed to take effect July 1, Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.

The federal money is available for specific services, such as nutrition for needy women and babies and energy-bill assistance for low-income residents.

But legislative Democrats, who have feuded with Rauner all summer over a spending plan, believe it's important to add state-funded services too.

The bill is SB2042.

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