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Illinois Budget

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2015 | 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...

Illinois Now Worst State for Affordable Childcare

K. Sujata | Posted 11.09.2015 | Chicago
K. Sujata

If you've seen the news or have read the headlines, you know Illinois is in a state of crisis right now.

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

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

8 Ways You Can Help End the Illinois State Budget Standoff

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The following is an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: "You're looking for hope? This will be a short conversation!" That w...

Will the Illinois State Budget Standoff Come to an End in November?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What started last week as something of a Hail Mary pass on the Illinois state budget may bring Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the Illinois ...

Moody's Knocks Illinois Credit Rating; Second Downgrade in Four Days

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two ratings agencies this week downgraded Illinois' credit rating. What does this mean to you? Mainly it means that more of your tax dollars now will go toward paying interest on state borrowing.

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

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.23.2015 | 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...

7 Reasons Why You Need to Start Screaming About the State of Our State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What are we doing? Why do we allow this? Former governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson are beside themselves. One asks new Gov. Bruce Rauner to stop holding the budget hostage. The other spreads the blame and declines to name names.

Rauner claims victim status in budget impasse; Jim Edgar doesn't buy it

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich: Here is Gov. Bruce Rauner discussing the Illinois budget...

Busting the Myths About the Illinois Budget Impasse

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.13.2015 | 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...

Here We Go Again... Rauner and Madigan Resume War of Words

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Like a reoccurring nightmare, Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday returned to their fierce fighting tactics over the stat...

Rauner Says He's Talking to Democrats, But They Need to Stop Waiting and Take Action

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Surprisingly, some good news has come out of Springfield: Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton recently met to discuss the state budget impasse.

Let's Not Forget About the Pension Crisis in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past three months, the budget standoff has dominated the news cycle in Illinois, but it's important not to forget about the $105 billion unsolved problem that is the state's pension crisis.

How Boehner's 'False Prophets' Warning Could Apply to Rauner and Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Boehner is leaving because he can't reconcile with hardliners within his caucus who view any effort toward compromise with the Obama White House as capitulation.

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2015 | 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 ...

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner has said he would be more willing to talk about passing a budget if legislative Democrats were more willing to talk about these union deals.

Dead Last: Illinois Ranks 50th in the Nation for Fiscal Health

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois economy has not looked incredibly bright this past year-- and that's an understatement. According to a statistical analysis about fiscal ...

10 Things You Should Know About Gov. Rauner's Pension Reform Proposal

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The plan, which Rauner announced Wednesday, contains significant pension reforms, but also contains other measures that Rauner has tried unsuccessfully to get through the legislature. A higher standard of proof for employee injury claims and bankruptcy eligibility for Illinois municipalities are among them.

What Budget Crisis? The Truth About Illinois State Revenue

Amisha Patel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Amisha Patel

Illinois working families already pay their fair share. Big banks, large corporations and the wealthy, however, continue to pay less and less to support the infrastructure that our state needs to thrive.

Nearly Half Of States Face Massive Budget Gaps

AP | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budg...

IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage.

Arthur Delaney

Illinois Cuts Funds For Indigent Funerals | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has decided the state will no longer help pay for poor people's funerals to reduce a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. ...

K-12, Higher Education Worlds Must Collide to Improve Student Outcomes

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Douglas D. Baker

We believe that budget discussions should consider the growing role that institutions like ours play in educating our young people, long before freshmen check into their residence hall rooms for fall semester.

'Big Bang' Budget Bad for Illinois

Emily J. Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.

The Pension Crisis as Told by TV's Finest

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.25.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Get a little confused by all of this pension talk? We've brought some of your favorites from the talking box to help you figure it out!