Illinois budget

Illinois Board of Higher Education

The budget that Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed this week recommends a 16 percent cut to higher education. This year's proposed cut sounds gentler than the 32 percent reduction Rauner recommended last year. But instead of being spread across higher education, virtually all of the pain would fall upon the state's universities. 

These proposed reductions come after higher education has gone without state funding of any kind for more than seven months.

Senator Challenges Rauner's Math On School Funding

Feb 19, 2016
ilga.gov

Public schools were singled out in Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address yesterday as one of the rare state services he’s happy to fund. In fact, he said increasing education funding is the one thing that he will not back down on.

Illinois public schools receive state aid through a complicated formula. It’s meant to ensure that every school can spend at least $6,119 per student every year. But, for the past few years, state government hasn’t met that obligation.

Rauner said he wants to fund 100 percent of the state aid formula for the first time in seven years.

Amanda Vinicky / WUIS

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, spent more than half of his budget address for the coming fiscal year criticizing the Democratically controlled legislature Wednesday afternoon for not passing his so-called "Turnaround Agenda" or providing a balanced budget for the current fiscal year.

  The governor did propose a windfall for education, with what he called record funding for kindergarten-through-high school programs.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb-area education leaders, students, and service providers held a rally Thursday at Northern Illinois University to send a

   message to state lawmakers: end the budget impasse.

There were no organized chants, no waving signs -- but there IS a social media hashtag: #RallyForIL

Students from NIU and Kishwaukee College were among the community members who spoke up about how the lack of a state budget hurts them, especially the hold on MAP grants, which help pay for their schooling.

Obama Will Speak In Illinois Capitol Feb. 10

Jan 29, 2016
The White House

President Barack Obama will return to the Illinois Capitol Building on Feb. 10 and speak to the Illinois General Assembly.

Obama will talk about "what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves," a White House advisory declared.

The president, who served in the Illinois Senate from January 1997 until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004, will return to that venue nine years after announcing his candidacy for president.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

The state's largest private provider of social-service programs is closing 30 programs serving 4,700 people because of the budget impasse. 

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees -- about 43 percent of its staff. 

President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes $6 million. He says the nonprofit can no longer rely on bank credit or its fundraising foundation to cover its costs. 

Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

It'll be 2016 before Illinois' top political leaders meet again, as a historic stalemate grinds on.

If it wasn't obvious before that Illinois' political impasse wasn't going to end this year, it is now. "With the holidays now and, you know, kids on vacation, and travel, we may not be able to meet in the next two weeks," Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday morning, after touring a Chicago high school.

Rauner says he expects he and the legislative leaders will next meet in early January. No date is set, but Rauner predicts it'll be around Jan. 3-5.

cyberdriveillinois.com

At Midnight Nov. 30, the grace period to renew potentially hundreds of thousands of Illinois license plates expired – and many of them may have been completely unaware.

At the end of September, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White suspended mailing out notices of license renewal due to the Illinois budget stalemate.

That action was expected to save about $450,000 monthly in the postal fund so White’s office could continue sending out new vehicle titles and plates and stickers and such.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University students will rally Thursday to bring attention to the state’s budget impasse.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is the keynote speaker at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Dinner.

Before he takes the stage, students, staff, and other community leaders will be in the center of campus calling for awareness of cuts to MAP grants, social services, and the halt in construction of the Stevens Building.

Phil Masterton / WNIJ

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says cooperation and common sense in the General Assembly are the only solutions to the budget impasse. She stopped in Rockford Friday as part of her state-wide tour to talk about the state's financial troubles.

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