Budget Cuts

Protesters set up a makeshift shanty town of cardboard boxes and tents in Federal Plaza, as part of a protest to urge Congress not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Set Up ‘Durbinville’ Shantytown To Oppose Entitlement Program Cuts

About 300 spirited demonstrators lined up at a makeshift soup kitchen and shanty town set up in Federal Plaza on Thursday, to protest the possibility of cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as Congress looks to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”


Photo Of $20 And $10 Bills. (AP Photo)

Report: DCFS Says Budget Cuts Could Be Crippling

The Illinois Dept of Children and Family Services is warning in a published report that budget cuts mandated by the General Assembly are going to have a severe impact.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

Graffiti Artist

Graffiti Removal Scaled Back Under Mayor’s Budget

The City of Chicago reportedly is moving more slowly these days to get rid of gang graffiti.

WBBM Newsradio–08/23/2012

Illinois House Floor

State Panel Fails To Come Up With Plan To Cut Medicaid Budget

An Illinois state panel appointed to find ways to cut Medicaid costs has taken one step forward and two steps back.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

Carla Givan (center, seated) suffers from Lou Gehrig's Disease, and needs constant care from her daughter Donisha (left) and a hospice nurse (right). (Credit: CBS)

State Budget Cuts Could Take Away Hospice Care For Poor

Gov. Pat Quinn says the state’s Medicaid system is on the verge of collapse, and to save it, billions of dollars in spending must be cut. One service that could end on the chopping block is hospice care for the poor.

CBS 2–04/17/2012

Soccer Goal

Families Protest Aurora School District’s Plan To Cut Soccer

A crowd of frustrated soccer moms, dads and players gathered Monday night at a meeting of Aurora’s Indian Prairie School Board, protesting a plan to eliminate middle school soccer.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2012

Tom Dart

Sheriff Dart: Cook County Jail Forced To Serve As Mental Institution

It seems that the Cook County Jail is unintentionally taking on a new role as a mental health facility.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Set To Announce Major Cuts To Medicaid

Gov. 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.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Asks State Departments To Cut Their Budgets

Gov. 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.


Chicago Fire Department

Budget Cuts In Store For Chicago Fire Department

The choices facing Mayor Emanuel’s new fire commissioner aren’t pleasant, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.


The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: www.alplm.org)

Report: State Budget Cuts Threaten Lincoln Historic Sites

Admirers of Abraham Lincoln will be none too happy to learn that state budget cuts are threatening historic sites across the state.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2012

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North Shore School District Seeking Tax Hike To Avoid Severe Cuts

A small public school district nestled among two wealthy Chicago suburbs is in serious financial trouble. West Northfield Elementary School District 31 is surrounded by Northbrook and Glenview on the North Shore. It has only two schools and severe cuts are looming if they don’t get more money.

CBS 2–01/25/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Governor Makes Gloomy Forecast For Ill. Budget

The long-term forecast for the Illinois budget looks gloomy, with less state money available and government services facing cuts, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Tuesday.


Protesters, including members of "Occupy Chicago" staged a sit-in outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at City Hall on Nov. 15, 2011, to protest budget cuts to mental health clinics. Several protesters planned to stay overnight. (Credit: CBS)

‘Occupy Chicago’ Ends 10-Hour Sit-In At City Hall

Members of Occupy Chicago were staging a sit-in outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall, in protest of planned budget cuts to mental health clinics.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2011

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Librarians Protest Against Budget Cuts At City Hall

It was reading time and protest time for more than 100 city librarians and supporters Monday morning at a rally outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2011

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Open To Discussing Ways To Avoid Layoffs

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he is open to reallocating state budget money to avoid numerous layoffs and facility closures proposed last week by Gov. Pat Quinn.


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Police Union: Budget Cuts Are A ‘Shell Game’

City Hall is reportedly planning to chop tens of millions of dollars from the police budget, and achieve some of those cuts by eliminating vacancies.

CBS Chicago–09/01/2011

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Emanuel Vows Police Budget Cuts Won’t Hurt Safety

Mayor Emanuel is promising that cuts to the police budget will not jeopardize public safety.


File Photo (Ian Waldie/ Getty Images)

DuPage County Picks Up Salary For School Supt. After State Cut

The DuPage County Board is picking up the pay for its regional school superintendent just as Gov. Pat Quinn has asked, but there’s a question whether the practice will become permanent.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2011

Members of the Chiacgo Board of Education met on Aug. 24, 2011, to vote on the budget for the 2011-2012 school year. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago School Board OKs Property Tax Hike

The Chicago Board of Education has approved a plan to raise property taxes in Chicago to help eliminate a $712 million budget hole.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2011