Budget Impasse

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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Members of the SIUC Campus community got a chance to hear from their two state senators Thursday.

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The Illinois House Economic Opportunity Committee hosted a hearing discussing the impact universities have on the communities they surround on Thursday.

The event took place in Carbondale, where Southern Illinois University continues to struggle during the state budget impasse.

Just days after Moody's warned of a potential credit downgrade for Illinois' public universities, Standard & Poor's took action to lower the credit of a couple - and placed three on a negative watch list.

Governor Bruce Rauner is now accusing Illinois House Democrats of killing a deal to end the budget impasse.

When the so-called grand bargain failed last month - Senate Democrats said it was because Rauner had pulled Republican votes away from the compromise.

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Governor Bruce Rauner brought his campaign tour to southern Illinois Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of supporters and workers at Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, the governor says Illinois government is broken and his turnaround agenda items are needed to fix it.

House Democrats are working on a proposal to fund fiscally starving social services and higher education.

The more than 750 million dollar plan uses money sitting in unused special state funds, directing dollars towards state colleges and universities as well as MAP grants.

Seventeen school superintendents sued the state of Illinois Wednesday.  They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.

Women's Center Facing Closure Without A State Budget

Apr 4, 2017

The Women’s Center in Carbondale has been providing shelter for domestic abuse survivors for forty-five years.

The next few months could be their last.

In an update to his earlier InFocus interview, SIU President Randy Dunn explains the potential cuts he'll take to university Trustees in April.

Illinois Senate Democrats are asking state agency heads to answer for Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to pull votes off the "grand bargain."

The governor's own budget proposal depends on the grand bargain - otherwise it's short by $4.6 billion dollars.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has filed a lawsuit over the way Illinois' comptroller is handling employee pay.

The lawsuit filed Monday in St. Clair County Circuit Court says Democratic Comptroller Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order.

Illinois moved a few inches closer to having a budget Tuesday.

The state Senate began voting on its so-called “grand bargain.”

The deal has changes to business law long favored by Republicans, and a tax hike members of both parties have said is necessary to balance the state budget.

A St. Clair County judge Thursday denied Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to freeze state-worker paychecks without a real state budget.

The budget impasse means the Illinois legislature has not directly approved money to pay state employees since summer 20-15. But a judge’s order has kept the money flowing — and state government from grinding to a halt.

Governor Bruce Rauner has consistently praised the Senate leadership in its bi-partisan approach to create a spending plan called the Grand Bargain.

During his budget address Wednesday, Rauner repeated his call for term limits, worker's compensation and pension reform and reining in state employee health insurance costs.

Bruce Rauner says an undisclosed third party tried to help strike a budget deal between the Illinois governor and his main political rival - House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Legislation to keep Illinois government functioning without a full budget stalled Thursday in Springfield.

Democrats and Republicans have dueling proposals to keep paychecks flowing to state employees.

The Illinois Senate began voting Wednesday on what’s been called a “grand bargain” to end the state’s 19-month budget fight. But the supposedly bipartisan agreement got ZERO Republican votes.

The Senate was supposed to have voted on the deal several times before now.

Although Republican Leader Christine Radogno has spent weeks negotiating the particulars with Democratic Senate President John Cullerton — fierce opposition from conservative groups has left rank-and-file Republicans reluctant to seal the deal.

It's been 19 months since Illinois government had a full budget. Monday in Chicago, Senate President John Cullerton made the case for a deal he's been negotiating with his Republican counterpart.

The bipartisan Senate plan has something for everyone -- to hate. Business groups don't like the higher income tax rates. Labor doesn't want changes to how workers are compensated for injuries.

Lawmakers are scrambling to avoid a shutdown of Illinois government that could be looming.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has gone to court to challenge Illinois’ ability to pay state workers when it has no budget. That could close state government.

The Illinois Policy Institute introduced a budget reform plan that it says balances the state budget and closes Illinois' projected $7.1 billion budget deficit without a tax increase.

Institute CEO John Tillman says raising taxes will not fix Illinois. He says the state must reform the way it spends the taxpayers' money.

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SIU is eliminating its men's and women's tennis programs as part of cost-cutting measures in the athletic department. Scholarships are being reduced in men's swimming and diving.
 
Director of Athletics Tommy Bell said Thursday these measures will take effect July 1 and save his department approximately $660,000 dollars a year.

The Illinois Senate is ditching its promise to vote on a compromise budget plan by the end of the month.

The plan was to vote on the massive bipartisan effort this week...but Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno says they weren't quite ready.

Members of the Illinois Senate spent hours Tuesday considering a deal meant to end Illinois' 18-month budget standoff.

The package has many moving parts. Somewhere between a minimum wage increase, cuts to government pensions, and higher income taxes a diverse group of nay-sayers emerged, spanning the political spectrum from big business to organized labor.

It's among new legislation that's meant to end the budget stalemate and bring in more tax dollars.

Just a few cities in the U.S., and Cook County have such a tax on the books. In past debates, opponents said a soda tax means a nanny state where the government tells people what's bad for them.

State Senator Scott Bennett says Democrats in his chamber supported a rules change last week to impose term limits on Senate legislative leaders as a show of good faith.

The Champaign Democrat says they're showing their commitment to imposing the ten-year term limits on leaders in both legislative chambers ... as part of a state budget package.

Details of a massive, bipartisan compromise meant to end Illinois' budget stalemate emerged Monday in the Illinois Senate. But, the plan has been put on hold.

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Organizations that help victims of domestic violence are about to stop receiving money from the Illinois state government.

That’s because there’s no full budget.

In the ongoing budget grudge match between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratically-controlled legislature, one bright spot is that public schools have been spared.

Rauner, in fact, has boasted that under his administration, general state aid for schools has been fully funded for the first time in years. But there's a caveat to that claim.

Illinois' economy will suffer for years because of the ongoing budget stalemate.

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