Illinois budget

6:05 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Treasurer talks pensions at DeKalb roundtable

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with a constituent at a meeting in DeKalb.
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:

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8:01 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

$1.6 billion for Illinois transportation projects

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.

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7:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

State reduces funding for NIU

NIU's director of state and federal relations, Lori Clark

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

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5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Gov's pay dispute with AFSCME back to arbitration


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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11:36 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Illinois' new budget doesn't spare Singer

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois' new spending plan over the weekend. His action included plans to shut down Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center, and use some of that money to increase funding for community-based care.

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5:04 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Think tank urges Illinois constitutional change for fairer tax

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability executive director Ralph Martire talks taxes at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford.
Jacqui Stephens WNIJ

The leader of a not-for-profit think tank says now is the time for Illinois citizens to push their legislators toward a more fair tax system.

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12:17 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

DCFS warns of service cuts due to $85 million funding loss

The Department of Children and Family Services is sounding warnings it will cut services that keep kids from having to go into foster care as a consequence of an $85 million budget cut.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's unhappy with the cuts, and hinted that he'll do something to try to prevent them when he acts on the budget later this month.

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6:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tamms and Dwight prisons to close

Susan Stephens WNIJ

The state’s most dangerous prisoners may soon be leaving their current cellblocks. It’s part of Gov. Pat Quinn‘s plan to close certain state facilities.

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10:13 am
Fri June 15, 2012

State Park funding bill likely to rise again

IDNR website

Funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is likely to be called for another vote — either this summer if the Legislature is called back into session, or in the fall veto session — according to State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley.

Attempts to fund the department, which supervises state parks and other recreational facilities, failed to pass the state Senate this spring.

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12:59 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Around Illinois – June 6

  • House panel says Smith can be disciplined
  • Patient safety survey grades Sterling hospital “A”
  • Retired Illinois teachers got $900 million COLA bump
  • S&P weighs another Illinois ratings downgrade

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