Ever wonder how the state of Illinois spends our money? Look no further. The chart to the right is an easy cents-on-the-dollar breakdown of the state’s General Revenue Fund spending. (The General Revenue Fund is the state’s main checking account – the money with no strings attached.)
• 23¢ of every dollar pays for health care – that’s mostly Medicaid services for low-income children, seniors and people with disabilities.
• 19¢ of every dollar pays goes to preschool-to-12th grade education. That’s mostly the state’s share of our local public elementary schools and high schools’ funding.
• 17¢ of every dollar goes to pay for public employee pensions. The General Assembly is currently working on a plan to bring this number down so that more funding can go to important priorities like education.
•15¢ of every dollar pays for human services. Human services include DCFS programs for abused and neglected children, drug abuse treatment and prevention and more.
• 6¢ of every dollar goes to debt payments.
• 6¢ of every dollar pays for higher education – public universities and financial aid like MAP grants.
• 5¢ of every dollar pays for public safety – the State Police, prisons and consumer safety programs.
• 9¢ of every dollar goes to pay for everything else. A lot of that money (about 4¢) goes to local governments. The rest goes to important programs like public transportation, state parks, DMVs and more.
• It’s worth noting that only 11¢ of every dollar (spread out across all these categories) is used to pay for the state workforce. Want to see it another way? Here’s a chart that breaks the state General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget down into percents and dollar figures:Want even more information? Click below to view an informative PowerPoint presentation.