Illinois budget

Message from State Board of Education
4:26 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools

Credit Susan Stephens/Roberta F / Creative Commons

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.

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12:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

UPDATED STORY: Parts Of New Illinois Budget Remain Unsigned


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. 

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.

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Illinois Poison Center
4:03 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Two Cents For Poison Hotline?

The Illinois Poison Center has been taking calls from worried parents for sixty years. Now it’s asking the public to make an emergency call on its behalf.  

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State Budget
3:17 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Statehouse Republicans Propose Welfare Reforms

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. 

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Illinois Budget
7:13 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Top Leaders Question Spending Caps, Education Cuts

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

The top leaders of the General Assembly are sending strong signals they won't go along with parts of Governor Pat Quinn's budget.  They're insistent Illinois spend less than the Governor has proposed. 

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Budget Address
4:49 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Quinn Delivers Tough Budget Message For Lawmakers

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. 

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Highlights and Reaction
5:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

State Of The State 2013

Illinois lawmakers listen to Gov. Pat Quinn during his State of the State address on February 6, 2013
Credit Chris Slaby / Illinois Public Radio

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.

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State Employee Insurance
5:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

State Employees Can Keep HMO Provider

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.

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State Budget
7:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Arbitrator Postpones Illinois Prison Closures

Susan Stephens WNIJ

Two Illinois prisons targeted for closure will stay open for at least another month. An arbitrator ruled today that Governor Pat Quinn and his administration violated the rights of union workers by rushing the process.

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Local government revenue
9:53 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Local governments face 15% hit in replacement tax funds

Illinois’ local governments face a reduction of nearly 15 percent in personal property replacement tax money distributed by the state.

The Department of Revenue said the amount of replacement tax money available in the current budget year will be $1.054 billion -- down $182 million from last year -- to be split by more than 6,500 local governments around the state.

That means local governments that receive those funds will get 14.7 percent less than in 2011.

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