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Gov. Pat Quinn presents his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly on March 6, 2013, in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: ‘Most Difficult Budget Ever’ Due To Pension Mess

Governor Quinn says he found this his toughest budget to deliver to Illinois lawmakers, and it’s getting criticism from both sides of the aisle, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/06/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Typo In Budget Plan Would Cap Illinois Spending At $35K

Illinois lawmakers are trying to keep a lid on spending, but a drafting error in a budget plan they approved would allow only $35,000 to run the entire state government for a year.

03/06/2013

Dan Rutherford

Rutherford’s Office Seeks 3 Percent Budget Cut

Whether it’s a computer mainframe deal in the five figures or it’s $1,178 worth of paper towels and toilet paper, no saving is too small to escape the notice of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

02/11/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Sun-Times’ Pallasch To Take Over As Assistant Illinois Budget Director

Award-winning Chicago Sun-Times reporter Abdon Pallasch is going from reporter to newsmaker, as he has been appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn as assistant Illinois State Budget director.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Senate Dems’ Budget Plan Advances In Springfield

It’s unlikely to be the final budget, but the Senate Democratic budget proposal is moving through the legislature.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Illinois State Seal

Illinois Senate Republicans Support Quinn’s Pension, Medicaid Plans

Illinois Senate Republicans say there’s a lot not to like about Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plans, and the way he’s running the state. But as WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, they are siding with Quinn on a couple of big issues.

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2012

Illinois House Floor

Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.

03/29/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn Budget Address

Quinn Budget To Rely On Facility Closures, Medicaid Cuts

It’s going to be painful. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was putting the finishing touches Tuesday night on what can only be called a bad news budget; one which might stop the bleeding, but does little to treat the wound.

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.

02/19/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Wants To Cut $2 Billion From Medicaid Budget

Gov. Pat Quinn previewed some tough budget choices Tuesday, saying he wants to cut $2 billion from the state’s Medicaid budget to help solve the state’s fiscal woes.

02/07/2012

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.

01/03/2012

Dan Rutherford

State Treasurer Opposes More Borrowing

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Sunday that the state’s gargantuan debt has pushed Illinois to “the verge of a financial disaster.”

CBS Chicago–05/22/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn’s School Consolidation Plan Finding Little Support

The ideas of saving state money by combining school districts and eliminating the regional offices of education seem to be on their way to the recycle bin, maybe in the section marked “Easier Said than Done.”

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn Budget Address

Quinn Wants To Borrow Billions, Consolidate School Districts

With an income tax hike already in effect, Gov. Pat Quinn has presented a budget plan that would not raise any new taxes or fees, but would still cut state aide to the poor, reduce a number of services and borrow billions of dollars to pay overdue bills.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2011