Homeless, Advocates Target Rauner Luxury Condo In Budget ProtestHomeless youth and advocates gathered outside one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s homes on Thursday, to call attention to the state budget impasse and its impact on programs for the homeless.
Rauner Signs $600M University Funding PackageGov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall.
Chicago State Student Leader Unimpressed By Rauner's Push For Budget DealGov. Bruce Rauner has urged lawmakers to come together and negotiate an end to the budget impasse that, among other things, threatens to shut down Chicago State University, but the head of student government at CSU said faculty and students have been saying that for month
Charter Schools To Lobby State Lawmakers To Pass A BudgetStudents, parents, teachers, and administrators from charter schools in Chicago rallied Wednesday morning on the South Side before heading to Springfield to lobby state lawmakers to get moving on the state budget.
Democrats, Social Service Groups Say Rauner Agenda Creating "Armageddon"Some Illinois Democrats who defeated opponents backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in the primary election said the governor has created “Armageddon” for home healthcare and childcare agencies owed tens of millions of dollars by the state.
With University's Fate Uncertain, Chicago State Students 'On Edge'With the entire Chicago State University staff facing possible layoffs, the school reportedly informed staff and students to return keys to campus facilities by next week.
IIT Tells Students To Pay Back MAP Grants Amid State Budget ImpasseThe Illinois Institute of Technology has abruptly informed students who get state-funded grants that they must repay the money they received for the previous fall semester, or not be allowed to register for upcoming summer or fall classes.
Activists Raising Money To Help Children Visit Their Incarcerated MothersAdvocates for mothers in prison have started a crowdfunding effort hoping to revive a program to bus children to women’s prisons.
Illinois Now Only State Without Budget After Pennsylvania Stalemate EndsPennsylvania's Democratic governor backed off his veto threat Wednesday on the GOP's $6.6 billion no-new-taxes spending package, ending nearly nine months of partisan gridlock. The package will become law Sunday night, leaving Illinois as the only state still without a budget in place for the current fiscal year.
Chicago State University Sends Layoff Notices To All EmployeesWith state funding cut off due to the ongoing budget impasse, Chicago State University has announced all 900 employees, including the university president, are receiving layoff notices.
Governor Rauner Outlines Two Budget Choices For LawmakersIn an attempt to end Illinois' historic budget stalemate, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that lawmakers have only two options: Implement his cost-saving proposals in exchange for a $36 billion budget, or give him authority to make $4 billion in cuts.
Civic Federation: Higher Taxes, Spending Limits Needed To Fix State BudgetA research group has offered a laundry list of suggestions to help pull Illinois government out of its financial mess.