SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has received budget legislation necessary to implement a spending plan that cuts education spending sharply and provides money to keep open prisons Quinn wants closed.
The Senate sent seven key budget bills and a technical measure allowing spending for fiscal 2013 to the Democratic governor's desk Friday morning. Aides to Quinn won't say when he will act on the plan.
But the government won't shut down if it's not done by Sunday - the start of the state's new financial year. Operations continue uninterrupted in the short term.
Revenue forecasts forced lawmakers to slash primary school funding by $210 million. Spending on prisons and state police drop $69 million. There's money to keep open prisons at Dwight and Tamms. Quinn says he'll close those anyway.
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