PI Original Adam Doster Monday February 16th, 2009, 12:49pm

Illinois' Stimulus Take

On Friday, we outlined the specific amounts the final stimulus package devoted to key programs for working people on the national level, such as state aid,
unemployment insurance, and transit funding. But how did Illinois fare
specifically? According to the Center for ...

On Friday, we outlined the specific amounts the final stimulus package devoted to key programs for working people on the national level, such as state aid, unemployment insurance, and transit funding. But how did Illinois fare specifically? According to the Center for American Progress, which analyzed state-by-state allocations of the provisions for which they could establish where the money is going, the Land of Lincoln will take home at least $22.74 billion in tax cuts and spending, equal to 3.72 percent of the gross state product.

How is it broken up? Here are a few notable provisions, thanks to research by CAP, the Daily Herald, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (PDF):

Medicaid relief: $2.9 billion
Education block grant: $1.6 billion
Flexible state block grant: $374 million
Food stamps: $901.9 million
Public works: $1.8 billion ($468 million for mass transit)
Job training: $154 million

Here also is a more specific breakdown of Illinois' take that we compiled using CAP's full analysis:

Meanwhile, the National Employment Law Project estimates (PDF) that 823,096 Illinoisans will benefit from the $25 per week boost in unemployment insurance while another 144,638 will be covered by the program’s expansion.

While states and localities are already angling for stimulus cash, we haven’t yet heard Gov. Pat Quinn explain how the funds will be managed. A stimulus czar or commission hasn’t been mentioned either, which other states established to help sort out inefficiencies.

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