The Illinois House has adopted a cap on how much the state could spend next year, but officials warn actual spending could be much lower. House members overwhelmingly approved an official revenue estimate of $33.7 billion. That's about $200 million below the estimate from Gov. Pat Quinn's office. House leaders say they want to be more conservative about the troubled state budget. The estimate amounts to an upper limit for how much the state could spend next year. But House Republican leader Tom Cross says that after some of the money is used for pensions, old bills and other expenses, actual spending on new services could drop dramatically. He says making cuts may require tremendous political courage from legislators.
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