A bipartisan agreement to plug a $1.6 billion hole in Illinois' state budget includes more than $1.3 billion swept from various state funds to avert shutdowns of other programs and services.
The deal approved Thursday by Governor Bruce Rauner pulls money from some of the state's largest funds but also lesser known funds for promoting renewable energy and overseeing disposal of used tires. These kinds of funds have been repeatedly raided over the years.
But Senator President John Cullerton warns that drawing from the funds is "not going to work in the future."
A 2.25 percent across-the-board budget cut will cover the rest of the shortfall. The original budget lawmakers passed last spring didn't allocate enough money for expenses.
The bill is HB318.