SPRINGFIELD Increasing penalties for criminals who disarm police officers and protecting victims with disabilities during court proceedings were among dozens of bills approved by the Senate during the week of May 26-30, according to State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake).

Hoping to meet a scheduled May 31 adjournment deadline, negotiations continued during the week on a state budget and capital improvement plan for Fiscal Year 2009, which starts July 1. On May 29, the Senate’s Democrat leadership forced through a bill that authorizes a $16 billion pension borrowing scheme that pushes the bulk of the debt off on taxpayers 30 years down the road. Approved by a strictly partisan vote of 37-21, Senate Bill 788 also changes the pension funding formula to allow the Governor to skip a $500 million pension payment in Fiscal Year 2009 and use the diverted pension payment for other programs.

 

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