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Illinois Budget Crisis

Will Guzzardi

Defeated Mayoral Candidate Named Chair Of State Board Of Ed | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.08.2011 | Chicago

The second-place candidate in Chicago's mayoral race wasn't deterred from public service by losing an election. In fact, he's moved up to state-level ...

Will Guzzardi

A Run To Support Social Services For Latino Families In Need | Will Guzzardi | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

Casa Central is located in a handsome brick building at the corner of California and Evergreen Avenues. It’s across the street from a beautifully ma...

How Illinois' Budget Cuts Affect Children

Christine Bork | Posted 06.01.2011 | Chicago
Christine Bork

Illinois needs spending restraints. What I don't understand is why the cuts come first for people who can't help themselves or defend themselves.

New Poll Reveals Quinn's Dismal Approval Ratings

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since his narrow re-election last November, Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed into law some major legislative undertakings: an increase of the in...

Quinn Announces New Budget For Coming Year, Relying On Heavy Borrowing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois governor Pat Quinn laid out his budget plan for the coming year, a $52.7 billion package that relies heavily on borrowing to pay off the stat...

Governor Pat Quinn Is Moving to Pay Illinois' Overdue Bills

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Quinn's administration is planning to move forward next week with an expanded program to sell a big chunk of the state's $5.3 billion of vendor-owed debt to Wall Street banks and hedge funds.

Back To Work: Cullerton, Senate Debate Massive Borrowing Package

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In an election season where Republicans won control of 19 state legislatures across the country, Democrats in Springfield were able to avoid getting c...

In The Public Interest : Learn From Chicago's Mistakes

Celeste Meiffren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Celeste Meiffren

It may be too late to undo parking meter privatization in Chicago, but it's clear that the Chicago way shouldn't be the model for selling taxpayer-owned assets.

Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, But Can't Stop Digging Hole

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Even by the standards of this deficit-ridden state, Illinois's comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, faces an ugly balance sheet. Precisely how ugl...

School Cuts Protested By Teachers, Parents

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago teachers and parents took to the streets Tuesday armed with chants like "save our schools" and "children first" and signs to protest proposed ...

NSFW: The Onion Takes On Illinois' Budget Crisis

The Onion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, IL--The State of Illinois acknowledged last week that in an effort to stay afloat during the worst financial crisis in its history, it ha...

Illinois Still Behind $5 Billion In Payments To Vendors, Nonprofits

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As a provider of in-home assistance for seniors, St. John's Home and Community Care of Collinsville partners with the state of Il...

Political Fallout Of Illinois Budget Inaction

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There's still no word on when Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield. The state budget is up in the air for the next fiscal year, which begins ...

Quinn's Lack of Leadership Continues to Hurt the People of Illinois

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Quinn has failed to tell the public that his more than $1 billion in cuts was mostly smoke and mirrors. In reality, Quinn cut very little from the budget, which still carries a $13 billion deficit.

Juvenile Prisons May Lose Their Only College Courses

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The only college-level classes offered in Illinois' youth prisons may soon get cut. That's because the state is so far behind in bills owed to the com...

House Approves University Borrowing To Make Up For State Budget Shortfall

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House has approved giving public universities the authority to borrow money to pay bills. The schools are owed hundreds of millions of do...

Despite Slashing School Budgets, Quinn Gets Teachers Union Support

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Less than a week ago, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a budget that included $241 million in cuts to the state's public schools. Programs will be e...

Sales Tax Holiday Plan Moving Through Illinois Legislature Despite Budget Crisis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the state of Illinois ponders drastic cutbacks, tax increases and massive borrowing to close its cavernous $13 billion budget gap, lawmakers are lo...

Illinois' Budget NIGHTMARE: A Guide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois State Legislature is set to adjourn at the end of this week. Looming large over the close of the legislative session is the state's massi...

ComEd Offers State $500M In Exchange For Rate Hike

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bizarre case of corporate quid pro quo came to light in Springfield late Tuesday, as Commonwealth Edison offered a sort of reverse bailout to the st...

Vacation Time in Springfield?

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The real fixes for our state's budget crisis -- fixes that will likely include both an income tax hike and some deep spending cuts -- are being put off, for reasons purely political, until after Election Day.

Chicago Public Schools: Budget Cuts Prompt Students To Walk Out, March On CPS Headquarters

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

About 700 students gathered in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters this morning to protest drastic budget cuts which they say they are alread...

Quinn Back To Springfield To Sort Out Budget Mess

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The governor says increasing the cigarette tax would help fund education. But he's received little support for his proposed income tax hike....

Chicago Police Overtime Spending Has Doubled In Five Years

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A key alderman says the Chicago Police Department's overtime spending is "alarming," having more than doubled over the last five years to more than $3...

The Illinois Budget: An Embarrassing and Sad Spectacle

John Bouman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Bouman

Most of the cuts in the Illinois budget are harmful and unwise. They are not driven by policy considerations or evidence-based program evaluations, but by the brutal calculus of the state's fiscal default.