Budget Cuts

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

CPS Outlines Budget Cuts, Warns Of More Without Pension Relief

The Emanuel administration said a loss of more than $100 million in state aid for the Chicago Public Schools has forced the district to make cuts at neighborhood schools, and warned things could get worse without help from Springfield.

07/13/2015

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson Askingt Democratic Leaders, Gov. Rauner To Sit Down And Negotiate On Budget

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is asking Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders to sit down and negotiate an end to the state’s budget impasse.

07/04/2015

About 100 Chicago teachers and supporters marched outside City Hall on Thursday, to protest $200 million in budget cuts, including 1,400 job cuts. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.

07/02/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NW Side Pastor Leading Petition Drive Against Rauner’s Proposed Budget Cuts

A Northwest Side Church is leading a petition drive asking Governor Rauner to reconsider proposed funding cuts.

06/14/2015

Activists protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to state-funded social service programs, with the Republican governor and Democratic legislative leaders unable to reach a state budget deal. (Credit; CBS)

Activists Rally Against Rauner’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Even though Democrats control the House and Senate, and approved a budget plan that is more than $3 billion in the red, state Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wasn’t prepared to say his party shares in the blame for the budget cuts.

06/04/2015

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Activists Protest Budget Cuts Outside Gov. Rauner’s Home

CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports protesters are ready to spend the night outside Rauner’s condo inside a Lakeshore East high rise.

05/13/2015

A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

Anticipating Rauner’s Cuts, CTA Trims $21M From Budget

Outgoing CTA President Forrest Claypool evaded the question when asked by WBBM Wednesday if the agency is considering fare hikes or service cuts, but CTA chief financial officer Ron DeNard said the agency will be able to erase $21 million in subsidies for reduced fares without resorting to such measures.

05/13/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Civic Federation: Many Of Rauner’s Proposed Cuts Not “Achievable Or Prudent”

A respected budget watchdog group has come out with a sharply critical analysis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal plan for Illinois.

05/07/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Grills Rauner Budget Director Over Cuts

House Speaker Michael Madigan formed the budget oversight panel after Rauner suspended $26 million in social services and public health grants as part of his push to reduce a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget. Lawmakers requested the documents during a Tuesday morning meeting.

04/21/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.

03/27/2015

Rev. Michael Pfleger and other protesters sit in front of the doors to the Thompson Center, after police blocked them from entering the building as they protested Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Police eventually allowed two protesters inside to deliver a letter to Rauner's staff. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Pfleger, Protesters Blast Rauner Budget Plan

Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, said “this is not a cute little rally” that brought out a large crowd to the Thompson Center, which has offices for multiple state agencies, including the governor’s office.

03/20/2015

Social service agency clients and advocates pack an Illinois Senate committee hearing to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's state budget plan, which would cut social services funding by more than $400 million. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Social Service Advocates: Rauner Budget Cuts ‘Don’t Make Fiscal Sense’

People in wheelchairs, people with guide dogs, and others representing those who need social services packed an Illinois Senate committee hearing room on Monday to testify about the impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts.

03/16/2015

Megan Esselman could be among kids cut from an early-intervention program financed by the state of Illinois. (CBS)

State Budget Cut Would Boot More Than 10,000 Kids From Early-Intervention Program

That’s the fallout from one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans to save money, opponents say. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

03/12/2015

A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

CTA: Rauner’s Proposed Cuts Deeper Than We Thought

The draconian cut in state aid to the CTA proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget might be even bigger than first thought.

03/11/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Garcia: Maybe Emanuel And Rauner Should Fix Budget Over A Bottle Of Wine

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to answer tough questions about how he plans to handle the city’s financial woes.

03/04/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Mayors Call On Rauner To Rethink Plan To Cut Local Government Revenue

Mayors in the Chicago area were none-too-pleased when Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting in half the amount of income tax revenue the state sends to municipal governments in Illinois, and they’re teaming up to let him know.

03/03/2015

A Matteson Fire Department vehicle (CBS)

Matteson May Slash Police, Fire Budget

This town of 20,000 is facing the real possibility of a 50 percent cut in police and fire services before long. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/26/2015

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Asking State Agencies To Come Up With Plans For Budget Cuts

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is asking for a 20 percent budget cut from lame-duck Governor Pat Quinn.

11/25/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn presents his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on March 26, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Proposes Making 2011 Income Tax Hike Permanent

Gov. 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.

03/26/2014

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State School Chief: $1B In Education Cuts Would Be ‘Devastating’

Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Christopher Koch had sought a $1 billion increase in his department’s budget for next year. Instead, lawmakers have recommended a $1 billion decrease as part of a preliminary budget blueprint.

03/13/2014

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