state of illinois

People
Amanda Vinicky

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.

The Illinois House has approved a plan to keep emergency 911 call centers funded past June 30.

But the measure includes fee hikes opposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Just three days remain until the end of Illinois’ budget year. There were no outward signs of progress Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats say they’re still talking.

Democrats in the Illinois House voted on several of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s priorities, like a property tax freeze. But they were the Democratic versions of those ideas, and Republicans say they don’t go far enough.

More movement in budget negotiations Tuesday in Springfield as Illinois House Democrats have introduced their own budget plan.

The Democratic budget would fully fund Illinois government for the first time in two years. But it’s going to need Republican support to actually pass.

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.

Higher Education and money
WSIU / WSIU

The state's budget impasse may soon affect more than just overall funding for higher education.


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.

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal.

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.

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.

As Illinois legislators prepare to return to Springfield this week, Democrats are being attacked in a new TV ad campaign from Governor Bruce Rauner.
 The commercial says (quote) “Madigan’s puppets blocked the budget” (unquote). The ad does NOT mention that Rauner himself blocked Senate attempts at a bipartisan “grand bargain.”

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.

The Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games could be another casualty of Illinois' budget impasse.

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 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.

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.

Children in Illinois are doing better than in recent years, and advocates are calling on state and federal leaders to avoid reversing those gains.

Building
File photo

An appellate court in southern Illinois Tuesday heard arguments in a case related to state government's budget fight.

At issue is whether state workers should continue to be paid during the impasse.

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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed legislation intended to improve the fairness of Illinois courts. It should mean more people will be eligible for bail while awaiting trial.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.

Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of some low income Medicaid patients-who say the state's gotten so late with its healthcare reimbursements that doctors may stop treating them.

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.

Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury, from the Chicago suburb of Highwood, is entering the race for Illinois governor.

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.

Pages