Illinois Budget Woes

Lawmakers lined up with Gov. George Ryan in slicing $450 million from state spending.

But whether the budget is balanced remains a matter of debate in the state house. Many legislators complained after yesterday's marathon special session that they believed the $54 billion budget was balanced when they passed it June 2.

The Republican-controlled Senate supported all but $53 million of the governor's cuts.

That means two prisons will close, two mental health facilities will shut down, schools will see less money and fifth-year college students will have a harder time finding scholarship funds.


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