Governor Rod Blagojevich signed legislation October 7 that would allow him to sweep as much as $221 million from special funds, but Senator Tim Bivins said that the Governor has not yet approved the measure that would restore that money to social service programs, parks and historic sites.

Senate Bill 790 was approved as a way to restore budget cuts the Governor made in August. However, the Governor has not yet signed Senate Bill 1103, a companion measure that allows him to direct that money to the cut programs.

While this revenue can only be used for the purposes identified in Senate Bill 1103, Senator Bivins explained that Democrat legislative leaders would not include an “all or nothing” clause requested by Republicans, which would have prevented the Governor from taking the money then proceeding with park and site closures, and social service program cuts.

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