SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate met Monday and passed legislation to appropriate those specific state funds.
Governor Rauner signed the bill earlier Monday. Lawmakers call it a bi-partisan compromise, something they are hoping to see more of in the near future.
The measure was endorsed with 53 votes, with no one voting no or present.
It goes into effect immediately.
The senate's next scheduled meeting is January 13.
SPRINGFIELD – Motor fuel tax, 911 services, and the lottery, among other services, will be paid out to cities and counties sooner rather than later now that the Illinois Senate met Monday and concurred with the House on legislation to appropriate the funds.
The piecemeal legislation comes without a budget, but the Associated Press reported Gov. Bruce Rauner has indicated he will sign it.
State Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, said he hopes this bill is the beginning of a more productive year.
“Maybe we can take this bill here as a more hopeful sign for a more productive 2016,” he said. “What you see with this bill is, frankly, evidence that the governor can reach across the aisle and that [Democrats] can reach back and we can all get on the same page and do things together for the general good of the people we all represent.”