Mt. Vernon Register-News

July 31, 2009

Quinn set to unveil budget cuts


CHICAGO (AP) — State agencies and programs will find out how much of a budget hit they’ll take when Gov. Pat Quinn unveils his budget cuts.

The Quinn administration is set to detail those cuts Friday after the governor meets with his Cabinet members.

Quinn has broad authority over how to spend state money because lawmakers didn’t spell out where the budget should be cut. They passed a patchwork spending plan that also relies on borrowing billions of dollars and leaving bills unpaid.

Quinn has hinted he will blunt the impact of cuts for high-priority items like children’s services and health care.

Still, Quinn has warned that all state agencies and programs should be prepared to see their budgets cut.

Illinois had a budget deficit of $11.6 billion.