6:58 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Illinoisans Can Share Thoughts On State Board Of Education Funding

Credit State of Illinois

State education leaders urge Illinoisans to weigh in on their priorities for education as the state develops the 2016 K-12 budget.

The State Board of Education will hold public hearings to gather opinions and ideas about resources and funding. This year the hearings will also offer attendees an opportunity to give feedback on Senate Bill 16, which would distribute state dollars more equitably among public school districts. 

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3:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To State Budget

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. He left much of the plan approved by Democratic legislators intact, with a couple of exceptions meant to play well with voters.

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6:18 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Lawmaker Bothered By Interfund Borrowing

Senator Dale Righter
Credit ilga.gov

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.

Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) doesn't support the idea.

"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."

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Illinois Legislature
6:03 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Final Stretch At Illinois Statehouse

Credit illinois.gov

Illinois lawmakers are set to meet every day through May 31st when the session is scheduled to adjourn.  Plans for the next state budget are expected to begin surfacing this week.

Other major issues before legislators include the state's pensions, same-sex marriage, and new casinos.

The House and Senate are working on dueling versions - the Senate, for example, is expected to fight against cuts to education.

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6:35 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Quinn signs new Illinois budget


The $33.7 billion dollar budget is $57 million dollars less than the budget lawmakers sent him. As promised, the governor is moving to close several state facilities, including Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center. 

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5:51 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

The Governor's Budget Address

Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State Budget Address Wednesday, announcing “today, our rendezvous with reality has arrived.”

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