- Published: Thursday, June 30, 2016 03:52 PM
Senator Forby (D-Benton) joined colleagues from the House and Senate Thursday to pass a bipartisan, full K-12 budget that will ensure schools open on time this fall and that local schools have the resources they need to operate through the upcoming school year.
Forby expressed his relief that the governor temporarily set aside his agenda so that a budget agreement could be reached.
"Southern Illinois schools will not only open on time this fall, but we will finally see our fair share," Forby said. "It was a fight, but once the governor agreed to drop his demands, we were able to move forward on making sure our school children have the resources they need to succeed."
The budget also included funding for the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure capital projects continue across the region.
"This was also about thousands of construction workers keeping their jobs and making sure infrastructure projects, which are vital to our local economy, continue,” Forby added.
The measure contains funding to keep the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center open, money promised to Alexander County to clean up flood damage and the following Capital Development Board projects:
- Upgrades to the Vienna Correctional Center in Johnson County
- Replacement of the roofing systems for the Shawnee Correctional Center
- Upgrades for the primary and emergency electric generators for the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg
“This is great for my district,” said Forby “These projects are long overdue, and I want to bring these projects home to my district. More construction projects mean more jobs, and that’s what we need in Southern Illinois.”