Illinois budget

9:55 am
Mon June 4, 2012

With no budget help, state Natural Resources will struggle

The failure of Illinois lawmakers to approve a plan to support state parks means the Department of Natural Resources will continue to struggle financially. The agency is still figuring out what that mean for its parks, trails, beaches and programs.

Attempts to institute an entrance fee to state parks were shoved asside in the Genereal Assembly, and supporters attempted to raise the price of a vehicle license plate by $2 and dedicate those funds for state parks.

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5:36 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Pension bill stalls, gambling expansion passes as session ends

Illinois lawmakers have wrapped up their spring session. But they left some work on the table. 

The General Assembly did send the governor a budget. But Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, says it contains "gimmicks" meant to disguise bad policies.

"Pushing bills off. Moving them around," he said. "Trying to deceive the people into believing that fiscal responsibility has finally been visited upon their Capitol when clearly it has not."

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11:34 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Around Illinois -- May 14

  • O’Hare cargo deal to create thousands of jobs
  • Will legislature adjourn on time?
  • Student loan rate hike hits Illinois hard
  • Police mark one year in search for boy
  • Ponzi schemer must repay and do time

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11:38 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Plan to end state retirees' free health insurance premiums goes to Governor

The Illinois  Senate approved the measure Thursday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.

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2:49 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Nine of Illinois' regional superintendent offices could be eliminated


It looks like Illinois will keep most of its regional offices of education. A commission charged with reviewing the need for the offices and the position of Regional Superintendent released its recommendation today: it proposed cutting the number of offices from 44 to 35. 

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