"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:
- $184 million to Healthcare and Human Services
- $241 million to Education
- $96 million to Higher Ed
- $57 million to Public Safety
Illinois is currently operating at a $13 billion defeicit, the largest in the state's history.