Homeless Youth, Advocates Rally Outside Thompson Center Against Social Service CutsHomeless young people and other advocates rallied outside the Thompson Center today, crying out against cuts in social services during the budget impasse, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
CPS Outlines Budget Cuts, Warns Of More Without Pension ReliefThe 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.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Askingt Democratic Leaders, Gov. Rauner To Sit Down And Negotiate On BudgetThe Rev. Jesse Jackson is asking Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders to sit down and negotiate an end to the state’s budget impasse.
Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, LayoffsPublic 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.
NW Side Pastor Leading Petition Drive Against Rauner's Proposed Budget CutsA Northwest Side Church is leading a petition drive asking Governor Rauner to reconsider proposed funding cuts.
Activists Rally Against Rauner's Proposed Budget CutsEven 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.
Activists Protest Budget Cuts Outside Gov. Rauner’s HomeCBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports protesters are ready to spend the night outside Rauner’s condo inside a Lakeshore East high rise.
Anticipating Rauner's Cuts, CTA Trims $21M From BudgetOutgoing 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.
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.
Illinois House Grills Rauner Budget Director Over CutsHouse 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.
Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health TreatmentCook 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.
Pfleger, Protesters Blast Rauner Budget PlanRev. 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.