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By Mike Riopell from Daily Herald
Illinois lawmakers Wednesday began approving a rare bipartisan agreement to get some money moving for local mayors, lottery winners and others, but the ongoing budget bickering is leaving some of the recipients distrustful going forward.
The Illinois House voted to send communities gasoline and gambling tax money that the state budget impasse has held up since July 1, along with cash for lottery winners, domestic violence shelters, tourism programs and others.
But a similar attempt stalled weeks ago, and the legislation is needed only because the state spending plan is more than five months late with no final resolution in sight.
Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said his city, which is waiting on casino tax revenue in addition to other money, will have to consider how much it can depend on the state in the future for money that funds capital improvements and other needs.