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Things Are Not Looking Up For Illinois' Budget

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

With billions of dollars in unpaid bills and a more than $500 million budget deficit this year alone, it's hard to imagine Illinois's finances getting...

City Official Suggests Homeless Take Cabs To Overnight Shelters

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

The head of the city's Department of Family and Support Services is under fire Tuesday after suggesting that homeless Chicagoans should take cabs to o...

New TV Spot: 'Illinois Is Broke,' Children Will Pay

Posted 12.19.2011 | Chicago

A new television spot aimed at pension reform for state employees made its debut Wednesday. The spot, sponsored by the Civic Committee of the Comme...

Joseph Erbentraut

Cook County Indigent Bodies To Be Donated To Science, Not Buried

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

A memo released late last month by Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Nancy Jones reported that the bodies of individuals whose families cannot af...

Arbitrator Sides With Union Over Quinn's Layoffs, Closures

Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

An arbitrator ruled Monday that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D)'s call for seven state facility closures and 1,900 worker layoffs violates the state's...

Study: 1 In 5 Chicagoans Are Hungry, Food Insecure

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

New data released Wednesday by the Greater Chicago Food Depository shows that just over 20 percent of Chicagoans face "food insecurity." The data [...

New Data Shows Poverty Rates In Illinois On The Rise

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

Some depressing statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday show that Illinois is currently home to more poor people than was the case nearl...

Illinois' Low-Income Heating Aid Faces Likely Drastic Cuts

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

Low-income individuals, senior citizens and the disabled are being warned by the state to apply as early as possible for state and federal assistance ...

Illinois GOP Disses Quinn's Borrowing Plan

Posted 10.19.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' four top Republican leaders in Springfield came out strong at Thursday's Republican Day at the State Fair against Democratic Governor Pat Qu...

BEYOND BROKE: City Cuts Overnight Emergency Service For The Homeless

Posted 10.03.2011 | Chicago

Owing to their homeless program's state funding being cut in half, the city's Department of Family and Support Services announced Tuesday that they ha...

City Lays Off Half Its Traffic Aide Force

Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

Pink slips were reportedly delivered Friday to 97 full-time city-employed traffic control aides who keep an eye on busy intersections in the Loop and ...

BEYOND BROKE: Garbage Pickup Only Every 10 Days?

Posted 10.01.2011 | Chicago

Trash removal costs a pretty penny for Chicago residents, so one alderman's idea to trim the city's budget allocation to the service should not come a...

Ads Coming Soon To Illinois License Plates?

Posted 09.28.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) Thursday signed into law a measure (SB 1360) directing the Illinois Secretary of State's office to examine the pros an...

BEYOND BROKE: Cuts To Home-Delivered Meals Driving Seniors To Nursing Homes

Posted 09.17.2011 | Chicago

Cuts in the recently-passed Illinois budget could drive hundreds of seniors from their homes and into nursing homes, a move that advocates say will be...

BEYOND BROKE: Illinois Could Cut Burials For The Poor

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

While massive budget cuts threaten the existence of a program that pays funeral homes and cemeteries to honor and bury deceased individuals whose fami...

Quinn Defends Cancelling Raises, Is Prepared For Possible Lawsuit

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

Though Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Friday announcement of the cancellation of some 30,000 state employee's anticipated raises was describ...