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Illinois State Budget

Illinois' Top 5 Biggest Fails From 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you live in Illinois you know there's no shortage of fodder for "fails" in our state over the year. We've chosen 10 to highlight and recap from the year that was.

Business Groups Plea for Budget Solution in Letter to Rauner, Legislative Leaders

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A coalition of business groups from the greater Chicago area this week sent a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly pleading with them to get a state budget passed and bring some stability back to the Illinois economy:

8 Ways You Can Help End the Illinois State Budget Standoff

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The following is an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: "You're looking for hope? This will be a short conversation!" That w...

Rauner Administration, Democrats Getting Very Good at Driving Each Other Crazy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Public Radio reporters Tony Arnold and Amanda Vinicky this week teamed up for a pair of stories that, in highly entertaining and informative fashion, describe two methods the opposing sides have used this year to antagonize each other and whip up the hostility that defines the 2015 legislative session.

IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break, Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Bruce Rauner may think that he is auditioning for a spot on the 2016 GOP ticket or a cabinet post in a Bush, Walker or Christie administration. In fact he could easily become the national symbol of the trickle down economic theory that has failed to produce benefits for everyday Americans.

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.