House passes ‘mini’ capital projects plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved legislation funding capital projects as Democrats make a piecemeal attempt to push a budget through the General Assembly. Sponsor Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie says the bulk of the “mini-capital plan” is re-appropriation of funding for ongoing programs, including the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the Capitol building architect and about $10 billion in projects statewide. New spending includes $800 million to the Illinois Environment Protection Agency for drinking water infrastructure projects and $1.8 billion for other projects. Lawmakers passed it without debate with a 65-46 vote. It heads to the Senate. The measure comes as Democrats push a package of bills in the Senate and House that introduce pieces of their proposed $36.3 billion budget.