Illinois budget

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.

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.  

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.

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: