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SIU Trustees will consider pay raises for system employees at their meeting Thursday in Edwardsville.

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The most recent Simon Review published by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows data refuting public perception of budgeting in Illinois. WSIU's Amelia Blakely talks with co-author John Jackson.

This week, WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the May 31st Illinois state budget deadline. 'On Topic' is a weekly three-minute news and public affairs feature airing on WSIU Public Television. The program is produced by WSIU in partnership with The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Passing a state budget is arguably the most important thing the Illinois General Assembly does every year — or at least should do every year.

After last year's drama — when a two-year standoff ended with a Republican revolt against Governor Bruce Rauner — it's an open question about how things will go this year.

So I set out to answer a simple question: Will there be another impasse?

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A proposal to shift $5.1 million dollars in state funding from the SIU Carbondale campus to SIU Edwardsville failed Thursday, after a bitter debate over its merits.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about budget and enrollment concerns:


Illinois AARP Calls for End to State Budget Crisis

Mar 13, 2018

Leaders of the Illinois AARP say Illinois' budget crisis has gone on for too long and say it's time to put an end to the state's fiscal problems.

SIU's System CEO says Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension and health insurance costs to universities still needs some clarification.
 
President Randy Dunn says the Governor's call to shift employee pension and health insurance costs from the state to universities is not insignificant. But he says the financial blow will be easier to absorb with the replacement funds Rauner included in the spending plan for next year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to unveil his fourth budget proposal Wednesday in a speech to the General Assembly.

Illinois lawmakers have only enacted a budget for one of the three years he’s been in office.

That led to service cuts and some layoffs, but the state didn’t collapse. For most people, life went on as normal.

So we asked Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey: Does it really matter if Illinois has a budget?

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State Address to call for less spending.  But he was short on details.  

Rauner will be back before the General Assembly in two weeks to lay out his budget ideas.   In this speech, he only hinted at his plan.    

A national study of state government budgeting gives Illinois low marks.  

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller looks back at Illinois' Budget Crisis, which stretched two years into 2017.

Much of the federal government could shut down this Saturday, unless Congress votes to pass a new government funding bill.

An Illinois purchasing monitor canceled a $12.5 million contract Tuesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration signed, saying it should have been offered to the highest and best bidder.

The Illinois budget crisis could be driving inmates to drink, a prisons official said Tuesday.

Corey Knop told lawmakers he's seen more bootleg alcohol at the prison in Sumner than at any time in his nearly two decades with the Department of Corrections.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about the state's record bill backlog, and other financial issues.

State lawmakers have returned to their districts after the first week of the annual Fall Veto Session. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with Murphysboro Republican Representative Terri Bryant to talk about some of last week’s votes, and look ahead to next week.

Watch the tenth Illinois Issues forum on the state budget and Illinois' financial future in Carbondale, Illinois. The forum is hosted by NPR Illinois and WSIU Radio with support provided by AARP. 

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SIU Trustees are getting a look at the first full budget the system has put together in nearly three years.

Mendoza Stops By Herrin To Hear From Health Providers.

Aug 28, 2017

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza met with Physicians and Administrators at the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois, in Herrin.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher was there.

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Another Illinois legislator will not be seeking re-election.

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez is from Leland Grove, near Springfield.

SIU Trustees are considering a financial sustainability plan for the Carbondale campus that could include changes to the number of colleges and programs on campus.

Illinois House lawmakers intend to attempt an override of a budget-package veto in that chamber Thursday.

Deputy majority leader Representative Lou Lang says Democrats will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the $36 billion spending plan when enough members show up to vote.

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As the Illinois budget battle continues, WSIU radio recently talked with Centerstone CEO, John Markley about what impact the lack of a budget is having on his operation.  Centerstone is a behavioral healthcare provider in Illinois.

Richland County Health Office Coping With No Budget.

Jul 5, 2017

Illinois is in the beginning of its third year without an agreed-upon spending plan.  One health provider, the Richland County Health Office, says it is coping with the stalemate.  And, to make matters worse, one State of Illinois Insurance Company is two years behind in paying the office for services rendered.

After missing a key deadline Wednesday night - there is still no deal to end the 2-year-long state budget impasse.

And now - Illinois Senate Democrats say they can’t trust Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to negotiate.

SIU Trustees will decide this week whether to approve borrowing between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, and appoint a new chancellor for SIUC.

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Every day, Illinois adds another 11 million dollars in new debt.  In a state that has not had a full budget for almost two years it looks like lawmakers will work past the May 31st adjournment date.  Interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Jak Tichenor says that not since the great depression has a state gone this far without a budget.  He says it won’t be a quick fix, because of all of the moving parts involved.  Tichenor says, for example, IF the Affordable Care Act is repealed in the future, Illinois will have to pick up the tab for those extra  650-thousand residents

Moody's Investors Service says it will review most of Illinois' public universities for potential credit downgrades over the next three months.

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A procedural move stymied plans to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow from SIU Edwardsville Thursday, but leaders say the idea isn’t dead.

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