"I'm making tough budget choices in order to move our state forward," says Gov Pat Quinn. "We created 70 thousand jobs -- have a long, long way to go."
Quinn said his goal is to protect government operations that help the economy or support critical services, including education, health care and public safety.
"I want to preserve jobs - keep people working," said Quinn.
The cuts total 5.3% of government spending.
Budget cuts include:
Illinois is currently operating at a $13 billion defeicit, the largest in the state's history.