SPRINGFIELD -- After hearing Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address Wednesday, lawmakers left Springfield for the campaign trail, planning to return after the primary election.
Before hitting the road, the Illinois Senate declined to vote on a plan that would allow Quinn to borrow $250 million to pay for some of the state's overdue healthcare bills.
Comptroller Dan Hynes had blocked a previous Quinn effort to borrow even more money, but legislation would have allowed the governor to go around him.
The House approved the legislation Tuesday, but on Wednesday, the Senate didn't debate the plan. Opponents like Hynes worry the state is borrowing too much money, even though Illinois has more than $5 billion in bills it hasn't paid.
The legislation is Senate Bill 1425.