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Illinois State Budget

Smell the Bacon Frying? Here Are 5 State Pork Projects That Could Burn You Up

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The state budget passed by Springfield and signed into law by Pat Quinn is a tight budget, to say the least. Lawmakers have even admitted there isn't enough revenue in the budget to cover all the day-to-day costs.

Working in Illinois? This Ranking Will Make You Think Twice About It

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There's no way to sugarcoat this ranking. It's just bad. Illinois is the third-worst state in the nation for business. And that's coming from a survey of more than 500 CEOs, so they know what they're talking about when it comes to business.

The 2015 Illinois Budget Is Ridiculous, and Here's 15 Reasons Why

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.02.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2015 Illinois budget absurdity and hypocrisy knows few bounds. Yes, there was no vote to raise taxes, making the 5 percent rate permanent. That w...

Vote on What Lawmakers Should Do With the State Income Tax Now That They've Passed an 'Absurd' Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Lawmakers were able to pass a budget before the spring session ended. What's missing from that budget, however, is any indication of what will happen after the income tax hike expires Jan. 1.

Springfield Budget Recap -- The Poor Get Poorer

Dan Lesser | Posted 08.19.2012 | Chicago
Dan Lesser

The final budget voted by the Illinois General Assembly makes historically deep cuts to medical assistance and other programs that help and provide opportunity for the poor.

Madigan Strikes Last-Minute Deal To Pass Pension Reforms

Posted 05.31.2012 | Chicago

As the clock ticks in Springfield for Illinois to establish a new pension deal before lawmakers conclude their spring session Thursday, House Speaker ...

Hope for Illinois State Parks and Great Outdoors?

Jack Darin | Posted 07.28.2012 | Green
Jack Darin

Summer is here again, and many of us are looking forward to spending some time in the great outdoors in the months ahead. Will our beautiful state parks be open and in good shape when we're ready to get outside?

When Cutting Illinois' Medicaid Program, First, Do No Harm

Andrea Kovach | Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago
Andrea Kovach

The Illinois General Assembly is currently debating where to cut roughly 18 percent of spending from the state's health insurance program for certain low-income populations.

Downstate Schools Could Be Crippled By Teacher Pension Change

Posted 05.08.2012 | Chicago

A report released last week by the Illinois Policy Institute includes findings that seem to support Gov. Pat Quinn's suggestions that schools should b...

Illinois GOP Disses Quinn's Borrowing Plan

Posted 10.19.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' four top Republican leaders in Springfield came out strong at Thursday's Republican Day at the State Fair against Democratic Governor Pat Qu...

Daley Says If City Took Financial Advice From State, 'We'd Be Bankrupt'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley does not appreciate criticism--whether it's coming from the media, Democrats or Republicans. On Tuesday, he made this abun...

Documents Show CPS Could See 37-Student Classrooms, Loss Of Non-Varsity Sports, Teacher Layoffs

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman Monday briefed principals on the grim possibility of class sizes of 37 kids, no non-varsity sports, and cutbacks in a...

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...

Governor Blagojevich, Do Right on Substance Abuse Cuts

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

Rather than spread the pain of a difficult budget year across the state budget, the Governor purposefully targeted vulnerable Illinoisans for more pain and suffering. They will pay a steep price, and so will everyone else.