Illinois budget http://northernpublicradio.org en Who Benefits When The School Funding Formula Is Re-Crunched? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/who-benefits-when-school-funding-formula-re-crunched <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School superintendents in Illinois are getting a chance to weigh in on what could be a huge change in the state’s public school funding formula.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:23:03 +0000 Susan Stephens 46025 at http://northernpublicradio.org Who Benefits When The School Funding Formula Is Re-Crunched? Civic Federation: Illinois Missing Out On Retirement Revenue http://northernpublicradio.org/post/civic-federation-illinois-missing-out-retirement-revenue <p>As more baby-boomers retire, Illinois is increasingly missing out on a revenue source.&nbsp;&nbsp; Of the 41 states with an income tax, Illinois is one of only three that exempt all pension income.</p><p>A new report from the Chicago-based Civic Federation says Illinois needs to take a longer-term approach to budgeting; one that is rooted less in politics, and more in reality. Most notably. the group recommends Illinois extend its current income tax rate for a year before gradually rolling it back.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:25:03 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 43951 at http://northernpublicradio.org Civic Federation: Illinois Missing Out On Retirement Revenue Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools http://northernpublicradio.org/post/belts-getting-tighter-illinois-schools <p></p><p>The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:26:27 +0000 Susan Stephens 37808 at http://northernpublicradio.org Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools UPDATED STORY: Parts Of New Illinois Budget Remain Unsigned http://northernpublicradio.org/post/updated-story-parts-new-illinois-budget-remain-unsigned <p><strong>Update on 7/12/13: Workers at state parks and fairs will get paid after all, according to Brad Hahn, spokesman for the Illinois comptroller. He says the portion of the budget affecting them has been signed by Governor Quinn, so the threat of late paychecks for those workers is over.&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p>Tens of thousands of state workers in Illinois are at risk of missing their next paycheck. That's because Governor Pat Quinn hasn't signed a bill that covers certain elements of the new state budget. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:57:00 +0000 Mike Moen 32639 at http://northernpublicradio.org UPDATED STORY: Parts Of New Illinois Budget Remain Unsigned Two Cents For Poison Hotline? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/two-cents-poison-hotline <p></p><p>The <a href="http://illinoispoisoncenter.org/">Illinois Poison Center</a> has been taking calls from worried parents for sixty years. Now it’s asking the public to make an emergency call on its behalf. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Susan Stephens 30294 at http://northernpublicradio.org Two Cents For Poison Hotline? Statehouse Republicans Propose Welfare Reforms http://northernpublicradio.org/post/statehouse-republicans-propose-welfare-reforms <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican lawmakers in the Illinois House say the state could save a lot of money by tightening welfare rules. They unveiled a package of reforms at Memorial Hall in Rockford Wednesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:17:58 +0000 Susan Stephens 28874 at http://northernpublicradio.org Statehouse Republicans Propose Welfare Reforms Top Leaders Question Spending Caps, Education Cuts http://northernpublicradio.org/post/top-leaders-question-spending-caps-education-cuts <p>The top leaders of the General Assembly are sending strong signals they won't go along with parts of Governor Pat Quinn's budget.&nbsp; They're insistent Illinois spend less than the Governor has proposed.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:13:37 +0000 WNIJ 26681 at http://northernpublicradio.org Top Leaders Question Spending Caps, Education Cuts Quinn Delivers Tough Budget Message For Lawmakers http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-delivers-tough-budget-message-lawmakers <p class="yiv610585329MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1362649784311_5056"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1362649784311_5055" style="font-size:10.0pt;">There were few surprises this week in Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address in the Illinois General Assembly. He called it a "difficult" proposal ... with steep cuts in spending on education.&nbsp; </span></p><p></p><p class="yiv610585329MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1362649784311_5056"> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 10:49:18 +0000 WNIJ 26514 at http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Delivers Tough Budget Message For Lawmakers State Of The State 2013 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-state-2013 <p></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State address this week. He repeatedly hammered a theme of political courage during his speech to the General Assembly.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:35:20 +0000 Guy Stephens & Susan Stephens 25134 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Of The State 2013 State Employees Can Keep HMO Provider http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-employees-can-keep-hmo-provider <p></p><p>The State of Illinois has awarded Health Alliance Medical Plans a new long term contract to provide HMO coverage to tens of thousands of state workers. That includes many at Northern Illinois University.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:30:55 +0000 Charlie Schlenker 21484 at http://northernpublicradio.org