State Agencies Asking Lawmakers for More Money

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Several state agencies are asking Illinois lawmakers to give them more money than was originally budgeted for the year.

The Department of Corrections wants an extra $40 million to pay for inmates' food, clothes and medical care. The Department of Transportation wants $17 million to help offset the costs of providing reduced fares to seniors and the disabled, as mandated by the Legislature.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants nearly $6 million to cover Illinois' share of flood costs.

Illinois State Police want an extra $2 million--$1.8 million for cadet training and $200,000 for the funding of a concealed carry license review board.

Representatives from the agencies appeared at a House committee hearing Tuesday.

Lawmakers approved a $35 billion budget in May. They've yet to vote on supplemental funding requests.

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