cuts http://northernpublicradio.org en Illinois schools face deep cuts http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-schools-face-deep-cuts <p>Illinois schools would see $200 million in cuts in the budget approved by state lawmakers last week. <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1098658059/Schools-take-heavy-hit-in-new-Illinois-budget?zc_p=1">An Associated Press analysis </a>says if the governor signs the budget, Illinois would fall further behind in providing basic education funding for each student. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:57:00 +0000 Mike Moen & Associated Press 13038 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois hospitals face struggles to stay on firm financial ground http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-hospitals-face-struggles-stay-firm-financial-ground <p>Rockford-based Swedish American Health System has announced layoffs and job position eliminations to stay in the black,&nbsp; citing potential&nbsp;reductions&nbsp;to reimbursement rates under&nbsp;the state&#39;s Medicaid program.&nbsp; Wed, 02 May 2012 12:31:01 +0000 Mike Moen 11046 at http://northernpublicradio.org Reports say Medicaid cuts would cost Illinois jobs http://northernpublicradio.org/post/reports-say-medicaid-cuts-would-cost-illinois-jobs <p>A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois&#39; Medicaid program.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce program spending by $2-billion dollars, and raise cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget shortfall. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:31:25 +0000 Mike Moen 10720 at http://northernpublicradio.org