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Illinois House OKs road funds, child-welfare money

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a measure that authorizes new road building funds and transfers money saved from prison closures to child-welfare and mental-health services.

The proposal passed by a 63-52 vote Monday, after a heated discussion. Republican legislators accused Democrats of creating more spending rather than reforming the state's wrecked budget.

The so-called supplemental appropriation includes $675 million to boost transit construction and $12 million for community mental health grants, among several other expenditures.

It authorizes $600 million to pay for state worker and legislator health insurance. The measure now moves over to the Illinois Senate.

Sponsors of the bill say it would save as many as 1,900 jobs at the Department of Children and Family Services thanks to a $25 million appropriation.

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