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Illinois Budget Crisis

What the Illinois Comptroller Race Results Could Mean for State Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.07.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion No analysis of the race for Illinois comptroller is complete without the term "proxy war." It's a term Illinois voters have heard and exp...

Illinois Lawmakers Break Historic Year-Long Budget Impasse

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois lawmakers broke a historic year-long budget impasse on Thursday, approving legislation to complete the current fiscal yea...

Confusion for Students, Counselors as MAP Grants in Limbo for Second Straight Year

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This is the time of year when high school seniors finalize their plans for college, including budgeting for the year to come. The Illinois budget imp...

Everything is Falling into the Right Place for Speaker Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Cartoon by Scott Stantis Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Everyone's fallen right into their roles. I wonder if House Speaker Mike Mad...

Watch: Illinois Budget Impasse 2017, Part Deux

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.19.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner made history this week when he delivered his Fiscal Year 2017 Illinois budget plan without the state ever having enacted an operatin...

Dear Gov. Rauner, Please Stop With The Slogans And Lead

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.17.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

OPINION Amid the eight months of non-stop acrimony that preceded Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2016 Budget Address, it's easy to forget that -- almost exactly...

Infographic: What You Need to Know Before Rauner's Budget Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.16.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

BACKDROP: Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his 2016 Budget Address on Feb. 17. He's in an awkward situation: The Budget Address is intended as a preview of ...

Civic Federation Proposes Painful Plan to Right Illinois' Financial Ship

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.12.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Tax increases, spending limits, tax on pension income among Civic Federation's recommendations A report released today by the Civic Federation lays o...

Existence of Illinois Public Colleges at Stake, Warns Moody's

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.10.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reports from credit ratings agencies on local governments don't normally make for thrilling reading, but a Feb. 5 report from Moody's Investors Servic...

State Budget Crisis Could Spell Shutdown Of Predominantly Black South Side Chicago College

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.30.2016 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- As Chicago State University senior Charles Preston plans his future, he's contending with a unique variable most other college students wil...

The Unfortunate Effects of Illinois' Budget Crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.13.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

By law, an Illinois budget for fiscal year 2016 should have been passed no later than July 1, 2015. Thousands of Illinoisans and organizations have been terribly affected by the Illinois budget crisis, and that number continues to grow every day.

Are Bipartisan Deals on Child Care, Unemployment a Silver Lining in Illinois Budget Impasse?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When New Year's Day arrives and news outlets are writing those "Year in Review" stories for 2015, Nov. 9 might earn special recognition as the beginni...

Watch: Illinois Budget Crisis Ruins 'Daily Show' Correspondent's Happy Ending

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.28.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"Daily Show" correspondent Jordan Klepper gets super depressed after learning more about the Illinois budget crisis The Illinois state budget stalem...

10 of the Saddest Things That Have Happened Because of the Illinois Budget Battle

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.23.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, we wanted to recap some of the saddest repercussions the logjam in Springfield has had on people and organiza...

Busting the Myths About the Illinois Budget Impasse

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently has said the $5 billion unbalanced budget passed by Democrats last year not only was unconstitutional, but that it also has...

After a Traumatizing Past, One Cicero Woman Fears the Future the State Budget Impasse Could Bring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As the state budget impasse continues with no end in sight, the livelihood and health of Illinois' most vulnerable residents are at stake. The fear ...

Rauner Remains in Blatant Violation of Our Illinois Constitution

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Bruce Rauner must go back to square one and submit a balanced budget as our Illinois Constitution requires him to do as Governor.

How Much Money Does Illinois Have? We Don't Know!

Anthony Knierim | Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago
Anthony Knierim

How much of our money does Illinois have? Is it spending too much? We still don't know, yet. Here we are, nearly a year after Illinois' last fiscal ...

Legislature's Decisions Have Local Impact

Dick Simpson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

The last weeks of the state legislative session hold dire consequences for our neighborhoods. As usual, more decisions are being made in backroom deals than by meaningful debate and votes in public.

It's Time for Illinois to Close Tamms Supermax

John Maki | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

If Illinois does not close Tamms, the state will face the certainty of substantial long and short-term costs that taxpayers cannot afford.

Balancing Budgets With Humanity

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

To listen to the current debate in Springfield, it seems that a balanced budget for Illinois means building more casinos and cutting funding for human services. But will that really create a brighter future for us all?

Watchdog Group: Despite Cuts, Illinois's Deficit Still Daunting

Posted 11.26.2011 | Chicago

A new report released Monday by the Civic Federation says that, even though the state has made some serious cutbacks and increased its income tax rate...

Quinn Admits Thousands Of Layoffs, Facility Closures Coming Soon

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday admitted that the reports about thousands of state employee layoffs and facility closures across the state shor...

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 ...

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...