Budget Impasse

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.

A federal judge in Chicago Wednesday delayed a ruling on whether the state of Illinois should speed up hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments during the budget impasse.

 

Two years ago - Judge Joan Lefkow mandated the state to pay for Medicaid during the budget impasse.

The Illinois Senate has approved a $5 billion income tax increase to fund what Democrats say would be a balanced, $37.3 billion budget.

A Democratic majority pushed the measures through despite opposition from Republicans.

The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" budget compromise comes down to three pieces of legislation.

There's a $36.5 billion outline for spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The state hasn't had a budget since 2015 because of wrangling between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on remaining items from the ``grand bargain'' budget compromise.

Democrats who run the chamber had said they might push forward Thursday with remaining items after approving several parts of the compromise on Wednesday.

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But, it turned down authority to implement it.

The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.

The Illinois Senate has scheduled a do-over for some pieces of legislation that are part of the so-called grand bargain budget compromise.

Democrats who control the Senate on Tuesday used a procedure to move bills that have already been approved by the Senate back into position for votes again.

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.

With Illinois lawmakers struggling to agree on a state budget, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed a contingency plan … for dentists.

Illinois is literally two years behind in paying health insurance bills for state employees. It’s affecting doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers.

A Chicago tax policy and research group is urging Illinois lawmakers to pass a full budget instead of ``piecemeal'' solutions in the final weeks of the legislative session.

The Civic Federation said Tuesday that to close an estimated $4.6 billion deficit Illinois needs spending restraints, increased revenues and borrowing for unpaid bills.

The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House has appointed envoys to find areas of compromise on a state budget deal with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago is one of four House Democrats who will seek common ground with the GOP administration on the state's first full budget since 2015.

Attorneys for social service providers suing Illinois over lack of payment during the budget impasse have presented oral arguments before an appeals court.

The Pay Now Illinois coalition sued last year in Cook County seeking to force the state to honor contracts during the two-year stalemate. But, a Cook County judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying it belonged in a higher court.

The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services.

Several Metro East school superintendents are among more than 400 school leaders calling on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to pass a budget. That’s on top of a lawsuit asking the state to give schools what they were promised.

SIU President Randy Dunn talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about recent credit downgrades and warnings, and how the university can rebound from difficult financial issues.

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