Gov. Pat Quinn cut $1.4 billion from the state budget that starts today, but he insisted that vital state services will remain intact.

Gov. Pat Quinn cut $1.4 billion from the state budget that starts today, but he insisted that vital state services will remain intact.


However, administration officials said a number of details remain to be resolved and it will probably take another month to sort them out. For example, the General Assembly gave Quinn authority to hold money in reserve and borrow from restricted state funds that will further change the budget picture.


"This is a day by day, case by case, agency by agency, program by program enterprise," Quinn said.


Quinn signed into law a package of four budget bills, including ones giving him extensive emergency budget powers and the spending plan itself.


Quinn said general state aid payments to schools will stay the same in the new budget as in the last. However, other programs like transportation reimbursements and grants for reading improvement will be cut.


The plan does not anticipate any state employee layoffs, but Budget Director David Vaught said negotiations are ongoing with employee unions to find ways of reducing costs.


Mental health and developmental disabilities programs that do not get federal Medicaid matching funds will be cut and a variety of Department of Public Health programs are being trimmed by $17 million, including medical student scholarships and rural health grants.


State Capitol Bureau