Budget Impasse

Illinois' two-year budget stalemate is still having an effect, even though lawmakers approved a spending plan that is getting the cash flowing again.

Illinois' budget stalemate is over but those who work with children in the state say a lot of ground was lost while lawmakers disagreed.

In a maneuver some state lawmakers call a "booby trap," the spending plan approved last week says Illinois can't appropriate money for schools unless a new funding formula also wins approval.

The Illinois State Comptroller is voicing an optimistic, yet cautious message now that the two-year-old state budget impasse is over.

Susana Mendoza says the bond rating agencies can rest assured the state can continue honoring its commitments to bond-holders and the pension funds.

SIU's President says now that Illinois has a budget, SIUC will no longer have to borrow from SIUE.

Illinois' two-year budget impasse is over.

The Illinois House Thursday afternoon overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto ... giving final approval to a spending plan and tax increase. From the Statehouse, Brian Mackey reports.

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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Two bond rating agencies say Illinois is on the right path with the budget plan passed Sunday in the state House of Representatives.

Speaker Michael Madigan says that’s good news.

It’s not yet clear whether the Illinois Senate has the votes needed to pass the budget approved Sunday night by the House of Representatives.

 

The Senate has adjourned for the day Monday without taking up the House measures.

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As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is stepping down effective Saturday. That’s the first day of Illinois' new budget year — and would be the third without a real budget unless she and the other legislative leaders cut a deal.

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SIU Carbondale's Convenient Care faculty/staff clinic will close on Saturday, July 1.

The clinic opened in late 2012 and provided medical care for acute minor illnesses such as earaches and bladder infections and for minor trauma such as cuts and sprains.

If Illinois legislators don't approve a budget this week, lottery players in the state won't get jackpots over $25,000.

The same thing happened in 2015, the year the budget impasse began. Lottery players sued and the state lost millions of dollars in lost sales. The Legislature had to approve a plan to let the Illinois Lottery make payouts.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are finalizing a proposed state budget plan and could present it to minority Republicans as soon as Tuesday.

Educators across the state are anxiously watching the special session in Springfield.

The lack of a budget for K through 12 schools has some wondering if they'll have to alter their calendars for the upcoming academic year.

House Democrats will take another look at a Senate-approved spending plan next week as a way to end a two-year budget stalemate.

One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session.

Illinois’ struggling social-service agencies lost another round in court Thursday.

An appellate panel in Chicago says Illinois does not have to pay unless the state has a real budget.

A three-judge panel unanimously rejected all of the human service providers' claims.

Illinois state Republicans are introducing a new package of bills they say is their effort to end the budget impasse.

 

The Republicans’ proposal includes some of the same ideas that were sticking points for Democrats, including the length of a property tax freeze and how much to raise income taxes.

Illinois courts have played a crucial role in determining how state government spends money during the budget stalemate. Two of those cases have important hearings this week.

The cases involve two groups: one who has been getting paid; and another who hasn’t, but wants to.

Due to the ongoing state budget impasse, the museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will close temporarily on July 1.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says budget cuts have reduced the staff to just one person who will maintain the collections.

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have yet to approve funding for K through 12 schools with the new academic year just over two months away.

When officials at SIU-Carbondale announced almost 80 job cuts last week, over 60-percent of them involved civil service workers. Now, the head of the civil service workers union is speaking out.

Two key figures in the middle of Illinois' political impasse continue to jockey for position. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton each spoke to Illinois Public Radio's WBEZ...

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.

Legislation headed to the governor's desk is designed to help protect students who take out loans for college.

The Student Loan Bill of Rights requires lenders to explain repayment options to struggling borrowers and to inform graduates that they may be eligible to have their loan forgiven under certain circumstances.

Leaders at SIU-Carbondale announced some of their plans in an effort to make 19 million dollars in permanent cuts because of the ongoing budget impasse.

The plan includes a reduction in the workforce.

Illinois House Democrats say they will not vote on a state budget on the last scheduled day of the spring legislative session.

Northeastern Illinois University will lay off workers to cope with an Illinois budget impasse that has reduced state funding.

The university announced Tuesday it will eliminate about 180 full-time jobs in the coming weeks.

Illinois House Democrats are taking their time in considering the state budget plan sent them this week by the Senate.

Chicago Rep. Greg Harris is the Democrats' budget negotiator. He says lawmakers' first goal is to review the spending plan and put it in a form the public can understand.

A bill that would overhaul the way Illinois funds public schools passed a procedural hurdle Wednesday with bipartisan support.

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