Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

Video Gambling's Spread Raising Cash, EyebrowsSince video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops, laundromats, liquor stores and gas stations. They're also now the main attraction at dozens of storefront bistros and cafes geared toward women.
Madigan: Budget Vote Helps With Tax IncreaseHouse Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that his chamber's effort to pass a budget without first securing all the needed revenue would aid a push to make an income tax hike permanent, but his colleagues in the Senate were not happy with the unusual move.
State Rep. Says Some Facilities Need To ClosePlans to a prison and several mental health facilities in Illinois are getting a thumbs down from many lawmakers, but not some say such measures may be necessary.
Activists, Patients Speak Against Closing Tinley Park Mental Health CenterFormer patients, community groups and officials of hospitals in the south suburbs on Tuesday asked a legislative committee not to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
Panel Votes Against Governor's Plan To Close 4 State FacilitiesIt’s only a recommendation, but a legislative panel says four state facilities targeted by the governor for closure should stay open.
Panel Approves Temporary Insurance Plan For State EmployeesState officials say a new temporary health insurance plan for state employees will increase options and decrease confusion.
Illinois Tax Amnesty Bigger Success Than ExpectedYou might have heard this before – it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to seek permission. And a state forgiveness program – tax amnesty – was more of a success than predicted.