A measure that could have supported road and bridge funding and saved the Department of Children and Family Services from layoffs has been rejected by an Illinois Senate committee.
Most of the $675 million in funding would have come from federal grants and freed-up state money. It would have gone toward a transit improvement program, with another $275 million being used this construction season.
About $27 million of the funding would have gone toward DCFS, savings realized after prisons and juvenile facilities were closed by Governor Pat Quinn.
Those that opposed the bill were against funds for Chicago Public Schools and said the bill took away money that was promised to horse tracks.
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