Illinois State Budget

Rauner Closing Museums, Shooting Range Amid Budget StandoffGov. Bruce Rauner is set to close state museums and a sport-shooting complex because of Illinois' budget crisis, even though most staff will still report to work and the chairman of the museum's board says the savings will amount to "peanuts."
Frerichs, College Students Ask Rauner To Restore College AidDemocratic Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and others have urged Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore state scholarship money for needy college students.
Social Service Advocates Warn Of Dire Consequences Of State Budget StalemateSocial service groups said the situation is getting dire – and even deadly – as state funding remains stalled due to the budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers.
Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Some Social Services Feeling The Pain As State Racks Up Unpaid BillsThe state will have $8.5 billion in unpaid bills by the end of the year. CBS 2’s Jim Williams introduces us to some of those already feeling the pain.
Democrats, Governor's Office Point Fingers As Social Service Providers Go UnpaidThe Rauner administration and Democratic lawmakers clashed at a legislative hearing Tuesday about the effect of the budget stalemate on those in need.
Judge Declines To Hold Illinois In Contempt On PaymentsA U.S. judge has cited Illinois' efforts in recent days to make court-ordered payments to social-service providers in deciding not to hold the state in contempt.
Illinois' History Museum Is Latest Target In Political FightThe skeleton of a massive mastodon, thousands of Native American artifacts and a giant shark could be the next casualties in an increasingly ugly fight over Illinois' state budget that has dragged on for months with no sign of ending.
Illinois Not Paying Out Big Lottery Jackpots Amid Budget StandoffThe Illinois Lottery says big winners since July 1st aren't getting any money yet because there's no state budget, meaning the state has no legal authority to pay out lottery winnings.
Elgin Mayor Wants Summit Of Social Service Groups Caught In State Budget StalemateMany groups that provide services to the mentally ill, drug addicts, and others have been deprived of state funds they need to operate while the governor and lawmakers have failed to agree on a state spending plan.
Federal Judge Blasts Illinois For Not Making All Ordered PaymentsU.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman broached the subject of holding the state in contempt of court. She ultimately ordered the Illinois state comptroller's office to determine within 48 hours which providers of service to developmentally disabled residents must be funded despite an ongoing budget impasse.
Comptroller: Illinois On Pace To Rack Up $5B DeficitMunger's office said Tuesday it doesn't have enough money to write timely checks to service providers even on court-ordered payments.