Road crews will be able to salt icy roads this winter, local 9-1-1 centers will continue to operate, and firefighters will receive vital training as a result of legislation unanimously passed by the Senate this week and signed into law by Gov. Rauner Dec. 7.
Senate Bill 2039, the result of bipartisan negotiations between the Governor and the Legislature, will also ensure funding for the state’s portion of LIHEAP, lottery winners, HIV/Aids prevention, the Special Olympics, and other important state programs.
Most of the funding in the new law are federal dollars or special state funds designated for specific programs such as motor fuel tax distributions to local governments. A small portion of the funding comes from Illinois’ General Revenue Fund (GRF). These GRF dollars will provide money to the Secretary of State to cover electric bills and maintenance costs at state facilities, as well as providing funds to shelters that serve victims of domestic violence.