Pritzker’s budget to boost spending amid calls for restraint

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions about Senate Bill 1, a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, after it passed the Illinois Senate during a press conference in the governor’s office at the Illinois state Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register […]

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker will outline his budget plan Wednesday to a joint session of the General Assembly.

He’s promised a $147 million boost in funding to the state’s child-welfare agency after a troubling year. More than 100 children who had contact with the Department of Children and Family Services died in 2019.

But revenue from a graduated income tax that Pritzker hopes voters will approve this fall is a year away.

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