Illinois budget

Illinois Lawmakers Nearing Budget Votes

May 14, 2014
Brian Mackey

Dozens of spending measures were introduced in the Illinois House Tuesday. They are said to be the framework for next year's state budget.

There are variations, but the measures introduced by House Democrats are in line with Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed budget.

Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills):

"It's very clear, this is all predicated on the assumption that they're going to raise the income tax rate again at some point."

As in, it relies on Illinois continuing to tax income at 5 percent.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

School superintendents in Illinois are getting a chance to weigh in on what could be a huge change in the state’s public school funding formula. 

As more baby-boomers retire, Illinois is increasingly missing out on a revenue source.   Of the 41 states with an income tax, Illinois is one of only three that exempt all pension income.

A new report from the Chicago-based Civic Federation says Illinois needs to take a longer-term approach to budgeting; one that is rooted less in politics, and more in reality. Most notably. the group recommends Illinois extend its current income tax rate for a year before gradually rolling it back.

Susan Stephens/Roberta F / Creative Commons

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.

stl.today

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. 

ilga.gov

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.

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