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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...

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 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....

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...

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....

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 Restores Aid To Low-Income College Students

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to restore college financial aid to nearly 140,000 low-income students....

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....

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

wsj.com | 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...

Quinn Reveals $1 Billion In Budget Cuts, Layoffs

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn used his new authority over the state budget on Friday to reduce spending cuts for programs that help abused children a...

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....

Quinn Talks About Iraq Trip, Says Budget Needs To Stretch $1B Into $5B

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn visited with Illinois troops, took part in medal ceremonies and flew in a helicopter over the mountains of Afghanistan ...