Illinois State Budget

Casino Gambling

Tourism Experts Testify On Potential Chicago Casino

A future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a gambling expansion hearing that comes as state legislators stare down a budget deadline and fresh concerns about finding new funding sources.

05/11/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

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.

05/07/2015

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner joins other suburban mayors and other officials in speaking out again cutting state aid to local governments. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayors Blast Rauner’s Proposed Cuts To Local Government Funding

The governor’s proposed budget would save approximately $600 million a year, by reducing the income tax revenue usually shared with municipal governments from 8 percent to 4 percent.

04/27/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Grills Rauner Budget Director Over Cuts

House 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.

04/21/2015

Empty Classroom

Illinois Restores $97 Million Of School Funding Cuts

Nearly 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

04/17/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Budget-Patching Deal Dips Into Various State Funds

The move, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, digs into some of the largest piles of money in the state, including one intended to pay for highway construction, and some lesser known funds, such as ones to promote renewable energy sources and oversee the disposal of used tires.

03/27/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook 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.

03/27/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Senate Sends Budget-Balancing Plan To Governor

In an early major test of Illinois’ newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services.

03/26/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

House OKs Plan To Fill Illinois Budget Hole

Legislation proposed by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and backed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner passed the House early Tuesday afternoon with bipartisan support, including 46 of the chamber’s 47 Republicans.

03/24/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers To Consider House Plan To Fill State Budget Hole

The Legislature faces a fast-approaching deadline to act as money runs out for subsidized childcare programs, prisons, and court reporters.

03/24/2015

Rev. Michael Pfleger and other protesters sit in front of the doors to the Thompson Center, after police blocked them from entering the building as they protested Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Police eventually allowed two protesters inside to deliver a letter to Rauner's staff. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Pfleger, Protesters Blast Rauner Budget Plan

Rev. 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.

03/20/2015

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RTA Chief Warns Of Higher Fares, Reduced Service Under Rauner Budget

The region’s top transit official warned Thursday that CTA, Metra, and Pace fare hikes and service cuts would be “difficult to avoid” if the legislature enacts budget cuts proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget.

03/19/2015

Social service agency clients and advocates pack an Illinois Senate committee hearing to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's state budget plan, which would cut social services funding by more than $400 million. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Social Service Advocates: Rauner Budget Cuts ‘Don’t Make Fiscal Sense’

People in wheelchairs, people with guide dogs, and others representing those who need social services packed an Illinois Senate committee hearing room on Monday to testify about the impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts.

03/16/2015

A Green Line train approaches an 'L' station. (Credit: Chicago Transit Authority)

CTA: Rauner’s Proposed Cuts Deeper Than We Thought

The draconian cut in state aid to the CTA proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget might be even bigger than first thought.

03/11/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Garcia: Maybe Emanuel And Rauner Should Fix Budget Over A Bottle Of Wine

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to answer tough questions about how he plans to handle the city’s financial woes.

03/04/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Mayors Call On Rauner To Rethink Plan To Cut Local Government Revenue

Mayors in the Chicago area were none-too-pleased when Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting in half the amount of income tax revenue the state sends to municipal governments in Illinois, and they’re teaming up to let him know.

03/03/2015

Former governor Pat Quinn speaks to reporters after attending a forum at Loyola University School of Law on Friday. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Quinn Slams Rauner Budget Plan As “Worst I’ve Ever Seen”

For the first time since leaving office, former Gov. Pat Quinn was back in the public eye, and he pulled no punches regarding his successor’s budget plans.

02/27/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

At Issue: Analyzing Gov. Rauner’s Budget Plan

Watchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner’s new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.

02/20/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Calls For Billions In Budget Cuts

Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end “the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past.” He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.

02/18/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers, Rauner Trying To Negotiate Fix For Budget Gaps

A day after outlining an ambitious agenda for his first year in office, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday was confronted with a state budget that is millions of dollars short for programs such as subsidized day care that are rapidly running out of money.

02/06/2015

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