Illinois lawmakers have approved a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase to help fill a gaping Medicaid budget hole, and the governor has indicated he’ll sign it quickly when it reaches his desk.
It’s unlikely to be the final budget, but the Senate Democratic budget proposal is moving through the legislature.
Lawmakers have less than two weeks before their scheduled adjournment, and the governor wants to make sure they’re on the right track.
Gov. Pat Quinn is enlisting the support of Chicago’s business community to sell his Medicaid and pension reform plans to state lawmakers before the Legislature adjourns at the end of this month.
A spirited rally organized by the state’s nursing home industry livened up the plaza outside the Thompson Center on Monday, as workers and administrators gathered to protest the governor’s planned Medicaid cuts.
Representatives of Illinois nursing homes say Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed cuts in Medicaid funding will devastate the industry and could leave seniors homeless.
Trying to save $2.7 billion on Medicaid costs, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday his job is to tell lawmakers not what they want to hear, but what they need to hear.
An Illinois state panel appointed to find ways to cut Medicaid costs has taken one step forward and two steps back.
An official representing some 200 Illinois Hospitals is warning against the big Medicaid cuts in Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget.
Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.
A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.
In presenting his 2012 budget plan Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said the state’s Medicaid is on the brink of collapse.
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.
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.
A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn wants to address the problem of skyrocketing Medicaid costs in Illinois, but state legislators are not cooperating.
Ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s state of the state address this Wednesday and his budget address next month, a tax watchdog group is sounding the alarm about Illinois’ looming financial disaster.
A large group of seniors joined Occupy Chicago protesters at Federal Plaza Monday morning for a lively protest.
The state’s Department of Human Services has come under fire from the Illinois auditor general, who found the department isn’t doing enough to ensure the eligibility of those on Medicaid, welfare and children’s health insurance programs.
More than 200,000 people across the country say they will not support President Barack Obama in his run for 2012 based on some of the proposals coming out of the debt ceiling talks.
While the standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues in Washington over the debt ceiling and spending cuts, the partisan rhetoric is spilling over into local governmental debates as well.