(IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the new state budget into law Tuesday, a plan he said will offer $1.8 billion in tax relief for Illinoisans.
Rebate checks, an expansion of the earned income tax credit and a week-long back-to-school sales tax holiday are all included in the budget. There will also be more money for college MAP Grants, workforce training programs, and early childhood education, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton said.
The budget will also fund the hiring of more Department of Children and Family Services workers and 300 new Illinois State Police troopers.
For law enforcement, there will be $30 million for a violent crime witness protection program and another $30 million to help local police departments purchase body cameras.