Illinois Budget

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Governor JB Pritzker is signing the new 40 billion dollar budget into law, saying it will get the state on better fiscal footing.

He says it includes more money for education, social services like mental health treatment, more college MAP grants and dollars to chip away at the state’s bill backlog.

Carbondale leaders say they hope the state's new capital construction program will mean progress on plans for a new multi-use transportation hub.

The U.S. Census count is less than a year away, and the group tasked with making sure everyone is counted is asking state lawmakers for millions to help in that effort.

If the count on April 1, 2020 reveals that Illinois has lost another 45,000 residents, the state could lose two of its 18 congressional seats, according to an analysis from Election Data Services Inc., a political consulting firm.

Child welfare workers are calling on Illinois lawmakers to better fund private services.

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As Illinois lawmakers begin work on a state budget for next year, SIU leaders are hopeful a spirit of greater cooperation and synergy will lead to a boost in funding.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s counting on new taxes to help close the state’s  3.2 billion dollar budget hole. NPR Illinois reporters are taking a closer look at some of his ideas. First up, Jaclyn Driscoll breaks down the biggest chunk of revenue in Pritzker’s proposal -  a tax on health insurers.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams about the city's reaction to Governor J.B. Pritzker's budget proposal, along with other priorities. Williams also discusses the importance of 150 years of Southern Illinois University on the eve of the school's anniversary kickoff.

Officials from each of Illinois' public universities traveled to the statehouse this week to tell lawmakers about their leaky roofs, outdated science labs and broken air conditioners, in hopes of getting funding to fix them. It’s part of a push toward a public works program, known in the legislature as a capital bill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has promised the state will spend billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements, and public agencies are lining up to ask for a piece of that pie.

New Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has said he will prioritize funding for the state's colleges and universities.  Nonetheless, the Western Illinois University administration has said more deep budget cuts might be necessary.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says the state won't be able to deal with long standing problems this year because of the election.

Speaking at an NPR Illinois forum in Springfield Thursday - Edgar commented on the partisan atmosphere at the statehouse.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about the status of budget talks in Springfield.

Illinois Lawmakers airs on WSIU TV at 7:30pm CDT.

A state audit found that Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office failed to collect more than $2 million in federal rebates.

The review released Tuesday found that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget never received $2.4 million in rebates owed for payments the state makes on bond debt.

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The Illinois Senate president says the General Assembly may have to bypass the governor again to approve a budget this year.

Illinois could soon begin to tackle its massive pile of unpaid bills ... thanks to a move Thursday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are wondering: What took so long?

After 18 years serving the Metro East region of Illinois, pediatrician Kristin Stahl is crafting an exit strategy - and may eventually close her practice.  Two years of unpaid bills during the state’s budget impasse have driven her into debt and to the end of her patience.        


Another voice is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to work with the budget that was passed over his objections.

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats' call Monday to borrow money to take a chunk out of a $14.4 billion pile of overdue bills.        

Governor Calls Special Session on School Funding

Jul 24, 2017

Sticking to his promise, Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield to discuss school funding.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the first full state budget appropriation in two years, along with further financial sustainability planning for the Carbondale campus.

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

A pair of southern Illinois lawmakers says Democratic leaders need to send Governor Rauner the education funding formula measure he promises to veto.

Lawmakers approved a state budget more than a week ago, but that legislation requires enactment of a new school-funding plan.

A tax increase is not the only change coming for some Illinois residents as the new budget package is rolled out.  

The shakeup in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office seems to signal a tougher stance on school funding. The state spending plan passed by the General Assembly requires adoption of a new funding formula, but Rauner has promised to veto the only school formula plan that got legislative approval. This standoff might make the lawsuit filed by 21 school superintendents more relevant.

 

The lawsuit, filed in April, demands that Illinois honor its constitutional obligation to provide a high quality education for all students.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about the override of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget veto.

Illinois’ two-year budget impasse is over. The House of Representatives on Thursday overrode the governor's budget veto, giving final approval to a spending plan and tax increase.

A package of legislation aimed at ending a two-year Illinois budget standoff is back to the House.

Updated 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 6

After two years of unpaid bills and dwindling cash reserves, lawmakers in Illinois have finally managed to break a stalemate and reach a long-overdue budget deal — which was promptly vetoed by the governor.

The Illinois Senate has approved an income tax increase to raise $5 billion a year aimed at ending the nation's longest state budget crisis since at least the Great Depression.

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.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about votes in the Illinois House on July 2 aimed at breaking the two-year budget impasse.


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