Quinn Signs Budget, Makes Cuts

The new state budget, that is set at $35.7 billion, is taking effect today. Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law Monday after tweaking bits and pieces with his veto pen.

One of the biggest cuts eliminates nearly half the state's air fleet.

"In the state of Illinois, we have the largest air fleet in the nation," said Republican Lawmaker, Bill Mitchell. "We also have one of the worst budget situations."

Quinn's cut means the state will sell nine of its 21 aircraft, but Mitchell says that's not enough.

"That's $7 million you can spend other places, in education, for seniors, or for whatever, so this is an action that's long overdue," Mitchell said. "Its a little too late, but its a step in the right direction."


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