Governor Pat Quinn has approved a supplemental spending bill for the budget year ending June 30th. The 1.8 billion dollar package, signed yesterday pays down some of the state's overdue bills. It also allocates a small amount of money required to obtain federal disaster funds, following the November tornadoes that hit Washington, Gifford, and other Illinois towns. Representative Greg Harris, a Democrat from Chicago, says it also spends 47 million dollars for weather-related road work:
"This was for costs associated with the very heavy winter we had, for paying road crews, for maintenance of equipment, for purchase of salt and other supplies."
The Governor yesterday also signed legislation requiring charter schools to follow state laws for special education students, and for those learning to speak English.
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