State Budget Update

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Schools, injured workers and the doctors and hospitals who treat poor people should see government checks in their mailboxes soon.

That's because Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitch) has approved a new state budget.

Blagojevich signed most of the roughly $60 billion budget into law 23 days after the former budget expired. But he used his veto powers to block $463 million in spending that he considers unnecessary.

The cuts, which legislators could vote to restore, included money for a volleyball court, a drill team and expansion of a folk music center. He also cut health care, services to elderly veterans and planning for the 2009 Abraham Lincoln bicentennial.

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