Illinois budget

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.

Illinois' new budget doesn't spare Singer

Jul 2, 2012
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.

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.

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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