Sen. Murphy votes to increase funding to schools, secure vital funding for human servicesSPRINGFIELD – A plan that will increase funding for schools and guarantee they are able to open on time this fall passed the Senate today and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

“Today’s vote is vital for schools across the state, many of which were facing the prospect of not being able to open their doors on time this fall,” State Senator Laura Murphy (D – Des Plaines) said. “It is also vital for Illinois’ countless human services providers who have kept providing services for some of our most vulnerable residents while not receiving any funding from the state since this budget impasse began last summer.”

The proposal, contained in Senate Bill 2047, increases education funding for every school district statewide. Human services providers, including services for children with autism, adults with developmental disabilities and homeless youth, will receive more than $650 million under the plan. Funding for the plan comes from revenues already coming into the state.

“I am proud the General Assembly was able to come together in a bipartisan manner and take a major step forward in solving the important fiscal challenges facing this state,” Murphy said.

Senate Bill 2047 passed both the Senate and House today and now heads to the governor’s desk for his approval.