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Illinois Budget

Quinn To Union: Take Furloughs Or Face Layoffs

Chicago Public Radio | Susie An | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants state employed union workers to take furlough days to help balance the state's budget. He says about 2,600 American ...

State Budgets Take Big Hit As Consumers Cut Back On Gambling | CONOR DOUGHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

States' revenue from casinos, slot machines and lotteries is falling for the first time in many of the 48 states that have grown to depend on gambling...

Financial Aid Denied For 130,000, A State Record

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave Newbart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The state will deny the financial aid applications of an estimated 130,000 students -- the most in Illinois history....

Pat Quinn's Office Says 86% for Human Services in New Illinois Budget Is 'Speculative'

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Whatever the human services spending percentage may be, Quinn's real -- and thankless -- job is to cut the budget. A lot.

Good News: Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Budget; Bad News: Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Budget

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The unbalanced budget "avoids a tax increase," Minority Leader Radogno said. It also avoids any sign of real leadership--an observation Radogno left unsaid.

Lawmakers Defend Going To All-Star Game During Budget Negotiations

State Journal-Register | Bernard Schoenburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

So, did a trip to baseball's All-Star Game Tuesday night by a key member of the General Assembly delay the state budget deal? No way, says Senate Pre...

Illinois' Credit Rating Facing Big Hit After Passing Debt-Heavy Budget

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois's long-term credit rating was put on watch by Moody's Investors Services after lawmakers adopted a budget that includes $3.5 billion in short...

Pat Quinn's Latest Budget Plan Aims for 'Heaven,' Teens, State Courts Heading in Opposite Direction

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

"There are many ways to get to heaven," Quinn said after another change in budget plans. But hundreds of Illinois human service providers on the brink of financial apocalypse are fretting over landing in much, much, warmer climes.

The 10 States With The Worst Budget Shortfalls

ABC News | Scott Mayerowitz and Nathalie Tadena | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The economic problems of American families are now pounding many state governments which are in turn slashing services to balance their budgets in one...

Quinn Vetoes State Operating Budget As Stalemate Continues, 2,600 Face Layoffs

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On the day he planned to explain $1 billion in state budget cuts, Gov. Quinn instead announced Tuesday that he is vetoing a bill funding state governm...

State Budget Cuts Threaten City's Response To Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Chicago Public Radio | Travis Truitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Public health officials in Chicago are calling on state lawmakers to craft a responsible public health budget....

Quinn Cutting Out Madigan, Taking Tax Hike Push Directly To Lawmakers

Chicago Sun-Times | Tim Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Quinn is bypassing House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative leaders and appealing directly to lawmakers in hopes of getting his propos...

Pat Quinn, Lawmakers Agree on a Key Number in Illinois Doomsday Budget Slugfest

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Gov. Quinn vetoed the only budget plan on the table. But that does not lessen the confusion, much of which the governor has bred.

Quinn Vows To Veto 'Half Baked' Budget That Cuts Services, Doesn't Raise Taxes

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 7/1 Gov. Quinn's office has announced he will "take veto action." A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Springfield. Check back fo...

Now is the Time for Quinn to Lead

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

Illinois finds itself on the brink of a man-made disaster and the same managers who drove our state into this fiscal catastrophe continue to control the levers of power. Bullying the legislature into huge tax increases will not work. Governor, stop obfuscating, get prepared and lead.

$100,000 and Springfield Dropped the Ball

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Scott Foval

Cuts are coming, a train wreck is about to hit, and our state officials took a two-day trip to Springfield just to sit there and do nothing.

White Sox Stars Jim Thome And Paul Konerko Speak Out Against State Budget Cuts

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sox stars Paul Konerko and Jim Thome wrote a letter to the editor to the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers, urging lawmakers not to allow massive...

Threat Of Budget Cuts Draws Thousands To Springfield, But No Progress On Tax Hike Talks

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday searching for some way to fill a $9.2 billion hole in the state budget. The...

Free Breast, Cervical Exams Could Fall Victim To Budget Cuts

Chi-Town Daily News | ALEX PARKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If state legislators buck Gov. Pat Quinn's call for an income tax hike, the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program stands to lose millions and wo...

$9 Billion Jobs And Construction Plan Languishes During Budget Fight

Daily Herald | Dan Carden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A $9 billion program of shovel-ready road construction projects that was supposed to create up to 80,000 jobs in Illinois this summer has been delayed...

Radio Hosts Pull Chicago Labor Unions Together For "Salute To Labor"

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Scott Foval

On the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, a local progressive radio host and nationalpProgressive media star teamed together to fight for the American worker.

Senate President Pledges Transparency On Spending Projects

Daily Herald | John Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The new president of the Illinois Senate announced Thursday that all projects for senators that end up in the state budget will be clearly identified ...

Daley Slams Quinn's Budget For Shorting Chicago

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today, Daley, whose voice is heard by many of the city's state lawmakers, threw cold water on Quinn's plan. "We get no benefit," the mayor said at a ...

Quinn Suggests Lawmakers Take Pay Cuts, Skip Vacation (WATCH)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn suggested Monday that legislators follow his lead and take a voluntary pay cut as the state combats a nearly $11 billion deficit (v...

Quinn To Madigan, Budget Critics: Put Up Or Shut Up

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia and John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn suggested Friday that critics of his major income-tax-increase plan put up or shut up about how they would balance the state's out-of-w...