State Budget That Depends On Federal Help, Other Pieces Of Legislation Now Await Gov. Pritzker's SignatureIllinois state lawmakers were back home in their districts for the holiday Monday, after a whirlwind of a special session in Springfield. Two of the winners after votes were cast were the City of Chicago and state restaurant and bar owners.
Illinois Legislators Pass $40 Billion State Budget, Chicago Casino MeasureIllinois state lawmakers this weekend approved an approximately $40 billion state budget that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pritzker Says State Facing $2.7 Billion Budget Shortfall This Year Due To COVID-19; Confirmed Cases Up To 24,593, Deaths Rise To 948“You don’t have to be an epidemiologist to see that the virus is going to hit our budget hard, a reality that is being visited upon every state in the United States,” Pritzker said at his daily COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.
Civic Federation's Laurence Msall: Staggering Unemployment Claims Will Put Major Strain On Illinois, Chicago BudgetsThe math is staggering – according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 114,663 unemployment claims in Illinois alone last week amid the coronavirus crisis.
Gov. Pritzker Pushes For $147 Million In New Funds For DCFS, An Agency Plagued By TroublesA big infusion of cash appears headed to one of the biggest trouble spots in state government.
Pritzker Signs Illinois Budget, Income Tax MeasureGov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled to sign the state budget and legislation related to enacting a graduated income tax in Illinois.
Governor, Lawmakers Celebrate Approval Of Budget, Construction Plan, Gambling Expansion, And MoreThe capital construction plan is the state’s first infrastructure investment since 2009.
JB Pritzker Takes Oath As Governor, Vows 'Democrats And Republicans Will Work Together'After taking the oath of office in Springfield, Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker vowed to work with Republicans to pass a balanced budget, and took a veiled shot at his predecessor, Republican Bruce Rauner, stating "our abdication of responsibility must end."
Governor Rauner Signs Full State Budget For First Time In OfficeThe plan includes none of the pro-business items Rauner pushed for years and that led to a clash with majority Democrats and a years-long state budget impasse.
Rauner Pledges Quick Action On Rancor-Free, $38B Budget PlanGov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican who arrived in town three years ago and fought established Democrats so hard the state was thrust into fiscal crisis, gave his blessing Thursday to a bipartisan budget plan that lawmakers OK'd and prepared to send his way.
Mayors Join Forces To Oppose Illinois Cuts To Local FundingThe coalition of mayors and municipal groups launched a website and social media platform called ProtectMyTown.
Legislators Quit In Frustration After Budget BattleThe Springfield budget battle took a toll not only on taxpayers, but also on lawmakers.
Frerichs To Rauner: Dial Down The RhetoricTo avoid the state's bond rating from slipping to junk status, Illinois Treasure Mike Frerichs is offering advice to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Governor Rauner Taps New Chief Of StaffFour days after lawmakers overrode his veto of a $36 billion budget and an income tax hike, Gov. Bruce Rauner named a new chief of staff.
Emanuel Breathes Sigh Of Relief With Budget Veto OverrideBut the Chicago mayor is urging Gov. Rauner to support a school-funding reform plan.