Illinois budget http://northernpublicradio.org en Illinois Ends Fiscal Year In The Black...Temporarily http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-ends-fiscal-year-blacktemporarily <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state took in over a billion dollars more in taxes than the prior year, thanks to an uptick in sales tax money.&nbsp; Personal income tax revenue also rose , but the amount coming from corporate income taxes dropped. It's something Jim </span>Muschinske<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a budget forecaster for the state, said was predicted.</span></p><p>"That was not unexpected. In fact, we actually did better this fiscal year than what was initially assumed back when the budget was passed," Muschinske said.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:16:59 +0000 Hannah Meisel 50402 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Ends Fiscal Year In The Black...Temporarily Rating Agency Criticizes Illinois Budget http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rating-agency-criticizes-illinois-budget <p>The credit rating agency Moody's says Illinois is at risk of undermining progress toward better finances. It says the failure to extend current income tax rates could lead to a worsening deficit.&nbsp;</p><p>Moody's says because lawmakers failed to stop an automatic tax cut scheduled for the end of the year, Illinois could have to increase its backlog of unpaid bills. The state already has the lowest credit rating in the nation.</p><p>Republicans say this shows Illinois needs to further reduce costs, but Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says there isn't that much left to cut.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:43:30 +0000 Brian Mackey 48537 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rating Agency Criticizes Illinois Budget Lawmaker Bothered By Interfund Borrowing http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-bothered-interfund-borrowing <p>Democrats wanted to use the higher income tax rate to prop up the state budget. Instead, they turned to "interfund borrowing" which involves taking funds from hundreds of small pools of money earmarked for specific purposes.</p><p>Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) doesn't support the idea.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I'm concerned about how you're raising the money for those funds and whether or not you're spending the money from those funds the way you told the taxpayers or the contributors to that fund that you would spend it."</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:18:46 +0000 Hannah Meisel 48429 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmaker Bothered By Interfund Borrowing Senate Joins House in Passing Illinois' 2015 Budget http://northernpublicradio.org/post/senate-joins-house-passing-illinois-2015-budget <div>UPDATE: Lawmakers adjourned shortly after midnight, shortly after approving a billion dollar road construction program. The Illinois Senate joined the House in approving a 35.7-million dollar budget for 2015. Democrats acknowledge the budget is incomplete, and no Republicans supported it in Friday afternoon's Senate vote.</div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:46:59 +0000 Susan Stephens 48357 at http://northernpublicradio.org Senate Joins House in Passing Illinois' 2015 Budget Illinois Lawmakers Spend Holiday In Springfield http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-spend-holiday-springfield <p>With just six days remaining before the scheduled summer adjournment, the state budget remains the top issue.&nbsp;</p><p>Lawmakers face few choices: slash spending on things like education and health care, or vote to make the current five percent income tax rate permanent. It's scheduled to drop by more than a percentage point at the end of the year.</p><p>Democrats have been unable to find the votes needed to pass a tax extension in the House. Proponents of that approach, like Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), hope their reluctant colleagues heard from constituents over the weekend.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:52:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 48074 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Lawmakers Spend Holiday In Springfield Illinois House Adjourns For Weekend: No Doomsday Budget http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-house-adjourns-weekend-no-doomsday-budget <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected &nbsp;a so-called "doomsday budget" today -- one that does NOT rely on extending 20-11's income tax hike. It would have imposed deep cuts across Illinois government.</div><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:32:11 +0000 Hannah Meisel 47993 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois House Adjourns For Weekend: No Doomsday Budget Lack of Support For Tax Extension Dooms Illinois Budget; Lawmakers To Start Over http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lack-support-tax-extension-dooms-illinois-budget-lawmakers-start-over <p>Illinois lawmakers are going back to the drawing board on a state spending plan. Although Gov. Pat Quinn and top Democrats have been pushing for an extension of a higher income tax rate, House Speaker Michael Madigan says there isn't enough support for that.&nbsp;</p><p>With Republicans uniformly opposed to keeping Illinois income tax rate at 5 percent -- instead of letting it drop as scheduled at the end of the year -- both Quinn and Madigan have been working to get 60 Democratic members of the House on board.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:00:04 +0000 Brian Mackey 47886 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lack of Support For Tax Extension Dooms Illinois Budget; Lawmakers To Start Over Illinois Lawmakers Nearing Budget Votes http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-nearing-budget-votes <p>Dozens of spending measures were introduced in the Illinois House Tuesday. They are said to be the framework for next year's state budget.</p><p>There are variations, but the measures introduced by House Democrats are in line with Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed budget.</p><p></p><p>Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills):</p><p>"It's very clear, this is all predicated on the assumption that they're going to raise the income tax rate again at some point."</p><p>As in, it relies on Illinois continuing to tax income at 5 percent.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:20:51 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 47472 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Lawmakers Nearing Budget Votes 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