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Illinois Budget

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 | 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 ...

Board Of Education Approves Budget That Guts After-School, Gifted And Early Childhood Programs

AP | Rupa Shenoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Board of Education on Tuesday approved a budget that eliminates funding for after-school and gifted programs and cuts mon...

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.

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...

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...

House, Senate Approve State Budget

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Facing a massive deficit and an array of unpleasant choices, Illinois officials decided Wednesday to keep state government r...

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.

Quinn Shelving Tax Increase Push Until Fall

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is putting aside his call for an income tax increase until November. In an interview Friday with Th...

Quinn Changing Course, Will Sign $29B Capital Bill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he plans to sign long-delayed legislation creating a huge public works program to help the...

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...

Quinn To Reveal $1 Billion In Budget Cuts

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says every state agency, office and even the General Assembly will be hit with budget cuts. Quinn said he will act on ...

Quinn Pitches Tax Hike To Rank-And-File Lawmakers

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Unable to agree with legislative leaders on how to clean up the state's budget mess, Gov. Pat Quinn is taking his case to rank-and-fil...

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....