Illinois Budget

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn, less than a week before the end of the state's fiscal year. In this installment, the budget crisis and the ongoing search for a new SIUC Chancellor.

As Illinois closes in on a second full year without a budget, the top leaders of the General Assembly met Sunday for the first time this year. There are some signs of progress.

The CEO at Southern Illinois University Carbondale says he remains cautiously hopeful that state lawmakers will reach a deal on a budget for next fiscal year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is attempting to frame the debate heading into Wednesday's special session of the Illinois General Assembly.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses campus budget cuts, state budget proposals, enrollment and more with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called state legislators back to Springfield this week. He says he wants a budget deal. But Rauner is also spending money attacking Democrats.

State spending on public higher education in Illinois has dropped precipitously during the past two years as the state has operated without a budget.  But the president of Western Illinois University said the school will not allow itself to be bogged down by the budget stalemate.

Illinois social service agencies were in a St. Clair County courtroom Wednesday, trying to convince a judge to make Illinois pay for work they’ve already done.

Fiscal forecasters for the Illinois General Assembly estimate the state's end-of-year budget deficit will top $6 billion.

A federal judge in Chicago says Illinois isn't in compliance with court orders to promptly pay health-care bills for low-income and other vulnerable groups even as the state heads into a third year without a budget.

Illinois government has been deadlocked on a state budget for 23 months. During that time, the once-perfunctory job of comptroller has gained in power and prominence.

A federal judge says she'll decide soon whether to order Illinois to pay health-care bills for low-income and other groups even as the state heads into another fiscal year without a budget.

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.

Illinois lawmakers are nearing the end of their spring 2017 session, as the state nears two years without a full budget in place. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with SIU President Randy Dunn to talk about what's next for the university:

Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses potential budget cuts and more with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell:

Both the Illinois House and Senate return to work in Springfield today. Just over two weeks remain before the annual legislative session is scheduled to end.

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State lawmakers in Springfield say they’re still working to reach a budget compromise, with three weeks remaining in the legislative session.

In a unanimous decision, Trustees have approved a plan to allow SIU Carbondale to borrow up to $35 million from SIU Edwardsville.

SIU Carbondale will get a little financial breathing room, thanks to a short-term loan from its sister campus in Edwardsville.

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The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break _ without progress on an annual budget.

Last week, when Southern Illinois University revealed that its main campus in Carbondale needs to borrow money from its Edwardsville location, the news seemed shocking. Who knew SIU was in such dire straits? It wasn’t the kind of news any school would want to broadcast.

It’s been two years since Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled his Republican “Turnaround Agenda.” On Wednesday, a group of rank-and-file Democratic legislators responded with their own “Comeback Agenda.”

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The head of the SIU-C faculty union says the administration is doing a good job of communicating the financial emergency with his members.

A Cook County judge says the state can't withhold payment from Illinois lawmakers in the absence of a budget.

Governor Bruce Rauner is accusing three of Illinois’ top Democrats of “coordinating” to shut down state government. All three deny the charge.

The Illinois Senate could make another run at the so-called Grand Bargain.

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The Illinois Senate is expected to continue its work on the so-called "Grand Bargain" this week - and many fear this is the last, best hope for a spending plan.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU President Randy Dunn about ongoing budget issues, and the potential for the so-called "Grand Bargain" in the Illinois Senate.

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