Illinois budget

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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. 

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. 

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.

State Employees Can Keep HMO Provider

Nov 16, 2012

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.

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.

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.

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

The Illinois State Treasurer says lawmakers need to make some progress toward fixing the state’s budget woes, or he says the crisis will get worse. Republican Dan Rutherford was in DeKalb Tuesday to host a roundtable discussion about the state’s finances. He says he doesn’t expect much progress before the November election, although the state’s bond rating is suffering:

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

$1.6 billion worth of transportation projects got the go-ahead today when Governor Pat Quinn signed a major capital improvements bill.

State reduces funding for NIU

Jul 3, 2012

Illinois' new budget includes a 6% reduction in higher education spending. For Northern Illinois University, that means a cut of more than $6 million.

WNIJ

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has decided to send a dispute between Governor Pat Quinn and major union back to arbitration.

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