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Illinois Budget

Pat Quinn's Budget Plan: Gov Says Tax Hike Would Save Education, But Not In Formal Proposal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As predicted, Gov. Pat Quinn did not include a tax hike in his formal budget proposal Wednesday, but after listing the massive cuts to education that ...

Daley Lashes Out At Quinn: Says Quinn Lied About Tax Share

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley accused Gov. Quinn today of a political double-cross regarding the governor's proposal to cut $300 million from the share of state income ...

Illinois Budget Crisis 2010: Big Cuts Coming For Schools, Police, Child Care

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though Gov. Pat Quinn won't discuss his proposal for fixing the state's massive deficit until Wednesday, a top Quinn aide told the Associated Press Mo...

University of Illinois Tuition Hike: Cost Of Education May Go Up 20 Percent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Facing nearly half a billion dollars of unpaid bills from the state, the University of Illinois is likely to raise tuition rates nearly 20 percent ove...

Time to Fundamentally Change the Budget Process in Springfield

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

We are failing those who elected us. I call on every member of the Assembly to withdraw any bill they have introduced this session that will add to the state's expenses going forward.

A Doomsday Plan for the Chicago Public Schools

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman dropped an anvil on Chicago residents late last week when he announced that the district faces a $975 million deficit next year.

Ten Hilarious Solutions For Illinois' Budget Crisis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Facing a budget crisis of catastrophic proportions, and stuck between the rock of raising taxes and the hard place of slashing human services, Illinoi...

Chicago Public Schools Face Hundreds Of Layoffs, Furloughs As Deficit Nears $975 Million

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the state's massive budget problem is not news to anyone at this point, the solution to this problem may come at more of a cost than Illinoisans...

Chicago Public Schools Could Face $975 Million Deficit

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

To get ahead of what could be a $975 million deficit next school year, Chicago Public School officials Thursday announced 500 central office and cityw...

Quinn's New Budget Proposals Include Nearly $1 Billion In School Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his gathering attempt to address the Illinois budget crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed roughly $2 billion in cuts, including nearly $1 billion in...

Pat Quinn Starts Website, Wants Illinoisans Advice On Fixing The State's Nasty Budget Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With the state's finances in shambles and an election year upon us, Gov. Pat Quinn did something politicians rarely do when it comes to managing money...

Laurence Msall Of Civic Federation: Without Tax Increase, 'Very Massive Cuts' Needed To Balance Budget (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation, a non-partisan budget watchdog, told NBC Chicago on Wednesday that the state could balance its budget without ...

Move Over Illinois Human Services, Illinois School Districts Are Newest Victim in Illinois Budget Crisis

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Human services were the Democrats' budget problem. Suburban and downstate school districts are now largely the Republicans' budget problem.

Schools Advertise How Much They Are Owed By The State

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The cash-starved State of Illinois is months late and more than $700 million behind in paying its education bills, and at some school districts, taxpa...

Metra Naming Rights May Be For Sale Soon

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Metra may sell the naming rights to some of its lines and stations, in an effort to address a budget shortfall that has hit every state and local agen...

CTA Cuts: Tribune Editorial Says Unions, Riders Must Make Concessions

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Quinn's deal not to raise fares has left the CTA with few options to balance its budget. He was looking ahead to the election and listening to co...

Video Poker: New Bill Could Penalize Towns That Ban Video Gaming

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new bill filed in the General Assembly would withhold funds from capital projects in areas that ban video gaming. Video gambling was legalized by t...

State Budget Shortfall Pegged At $12.8 Billion

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If there's one thing observers of Illinois politics can agree on, it's that next year's state budget deficit is going to be extraordinary. Not only ar...

State Tax Revenues Down Almost $600M From Last Year

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The state's money woes are worse than predicted due to plummeting tax revenues and an unprecedented number of unpaid bills, the Illinois comptroller's...

Video Poker: A Bad Bet for Illinois

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

I've filed a bill to repeal the Video Gaming Act, which allows places licensed to serve alcohol to have up to five video poker machines for patron use -- the equivalent of 60 new casinos in Illinois.

Quinn's Fix: State Must Borrow Nearly $1B To Make It Through Winter

Chicago Public Radio | Susie An | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to borrow close to $1 billion to finance the state through the winter....

Hynes Playing Politics With State Budget: Quinn

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia and David Heinzmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn today said his foe in the Democratic governor primary of playing politics when it comes to patching the state budget....

The Spirit of the Illinois Constitution

Edwin Yohnka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Yohnka

Is it really possible that a school whose mission is based on teaching a specific set of religious values can distinguish which parts of the building are religious and which are not?

Chicago Transit at a Crossroads

Aaron Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aaron Renn

The CTA doomsday budget, even if it doesn't come to pass, has done a great service by showing the city the inevitable future. Service has been trending downward for decades.

Quinn's State Layoffs Plan Blocked By Judge

State Journal-Register | Ryan Keith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois judge has blocked layoffs that would put hundreds of state workers out of a job later this week....