Budget Cuts

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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

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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

A CTA train. (CBS)

Claypool: CTA Job Cuts To Save $13 Million A Year

About a third of the jobs are going away because of the transition to the Ventra card system, which takes CTA out of the fare-collection business. Some will get the chance to reapply for 30 new jobs.

09/11/2013

Parents and students rally outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Aug. 28, 2013, to protest school closings and budget cuts. Several students boycotted class to attend the protest. (Credit: CBS)

CPS Approves Budget Cuts; Dozens Of Students Boycott School

About 200 people — including 20 to 30 students — rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education was meeting to approve the district’s annual budget.

08/28/2013

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Teachers’ Union Slams CPS For ‘Devastating’ Cuts, Layoffs

A month before the new school year starts, protestors from the Chicago Teacher’s Union were expressing outrage over budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools, with a protest march through the Loop.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

Students and parents from the Brighton Park neighborhood hold a protest rally in the Loop to criticize budget cuts being forced on Chicago schools. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Say Budget Cuts For Schools ‘Making Things Worse’

Parent Anita Caballero said the mayor’s contention that he’s improving schools makes no sense.

07/11/2013

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Parents Say School Cuts Have Them Considering Move To Suburbs

A group of parents and several local elected officials teamed up Tuesday to call for an end to severe budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools.

07/02/2013

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CPS Parents Worried Electives Will Get Axed Due To Budget Cuts

Some Chicago Public School parents are worried that budget cuts will mean sacrificing electives.

06/20/2013

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Roseland Hospital Cuts Staff, Salaries To Keep Doors Open

As it waits to hear if it’ll receive a $7 million bailout to stay open, Roseland Community Hospital laid off almost 70 employees, and other hospital employees will take a pay cut.

05/25/2013

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State Poison Control Center In Jeopardy Of Closing

Every year, the Illinois Poison Control Center handles nearly 82,000 poison related cases. Nearly half of them involve children. Dr. Michael Wahl says each year, they lose more funding.

05/21/2013

O'Hare Air Traffic Control Tower

Air Traffic Control Furloughs May Lead To Big Delays

There could be delays at O’Hare and other major airports when a furlough of air traffic controllers kicks in this Sunday.

04/19/2013

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