Illinois Budget FY2019

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Governor Bruce Rauner visited Rockford Thursday to highlight a new adoption tax credit.  The measure was added to the 2019 state budget and covers each child a family adopts. The amount would be $2,000 for out-of-state kids of any age, but more for a child born in Illinois who is at least one year old.

"We’re starting at $5,000 for each family and that’s one of the highest in the country, and I want to take us up in the future so we are the greatest tax credit state supporting families with making adoption more affordable, more financially sustainable," he said.

Sam Dunklau / NPR Illinois

As part of the new Illinois budget, some 24,000 state workers will get paid for salary increases they were supposed to get as far back as 2011.

AFSCME says it agreed to temporarily defer annual raises after the 2008 financial crisis. The union later negotiated increases that were supposed to start in 2011, but the General Assembly never approved the spending — until now.

Matt Lukow works for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He says he’s owed a few thousand dollars.

BRIAN MACKEY / NPR ILLINOIS

Passing a state budget is arguably the most important thing the Illinois General Assembly does every year — or at least should do every year.

After last year's drama — when a two-year standoff ended with a Republican revolt against Governor Bruce Rauner — it's an open question about how things will go this year.

So I set out to answer a simple question: Will there be another impasse?

The question may sound simple, but the answer, like most things in state government, is complicated.

New Rauner Budget Relies On Tax Hike He Opposed

Feb 14, 2018
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been campaigning relentlessly against last year’s income tax increase but, in his annual budget address today, he'll call for spending the extra money that rate hike has generated.

Rauner wants more money to go to education and less to be spent on things like prisons and the judiciary.

According to a preview document obtained by public radio, the governor will not call for an immediate rollback of the tax increase.