Governor Rauner Outlines Two Budget Choices For LawmakersIn an attempt to end Illinois' historic budget stalemate, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that lawmakers have only two options: Implement his cost-saving proposals in exchange for a $36 billion budget, or give him authority to make $4 billion in cuts.
Emanuel To Aldermen: Raise Property Taxes, Or Lay Off Cops And FirefightersMayor Rahm Emanuel told aldermen Tuesday the city must raise property taxes by $543 million to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, or face laying off thousands of firefighters and police officers.
Rauner Calls For Billions In Budget CutsDelivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end "the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past." He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.
Quinn Proposes Making 2011 Income Tax Hike PermanentGov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting "extreme and radical" budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue.
Quinn To Propose Making 2011 Tax Hike PermanentGov. Pat Quinn is expected to propose making Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent in order to avoid massive budget cuts when he presents his election year budget address Wednesday, according to lawmakers briefed on his plans.
Quinn: 'Most Difficult Budget Ever' Due To Pension Mess Governor Quinn says he found this his toughest budget to deliver to Illinois lawmakers, and it's getting criticism from both sides of the aisle, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Quinn's Budget Address Draws Praise, Ire From Both Sides Of The AisleYou didn’t have to be a Democrat to like Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget speech Wednesday, and you didn’t have to be a Republican to hate it.
Quinn On Budget: Medicaid Is On Brink Of CollapseIn presenting his 2012 budget plan Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said the state’s Medicaid is on the brink of collapse.
Quinn Budget To Rely On Facility Closures, Medicaid CutsIt's going to be painful. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was putting the finishing touches Tuesday night on what can only be called a bad news budget; one which might stop the bleeding, but does little to treat the wound.
Chamber Applauds Reported State Budget Cut PlansA group representing Illinois businesses gives Gov. Pat Quinn average grades for job creation, and says an across-the-board budget cut is a good idea.
Quinn Set To Announce Major Cuts To MedicaidGov. Pat Quinn said Monday that he plans to call for significant cuts to Medicaid funding as part of his effort to slash the state budget to spending levels lower than fiscal year 2008.
Quinn Asks State Departments To Cut Their BudgetsGov. Pat Quinn has asked all the state's constitutional offices and some state agencies to slash their annual budgets by at least 9 percent, but won't say how he arrived at that figure.