budget cuts

The sheriff in northern Illinois' Winnebago County says budget cuts mean he will lay off 64 reserve deputies on Oct. 20.

Democrats Divided as Budget Deadline Approaches

May 29, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly is just three days away from the traditional deadline for passing a budget.  The Democratic majority in the Illinois House is wrestling with what to do.  State Representative Jay Hoffman, from Swansea, says his fellow Democrats are divided about what to cut and whether to raise taxes.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - While pressure grows on Gov. Bruce Rauner to identify where he would cut state spending, an Associated Press analysis shows that much more cutting would be needed to make a real difference.

The state's ongoing budget deadlock has spurred the University of Illinois to ask its departments to cut an average of about 2% from their budgets.  Interim Provost John Wilkin's office sent the budget guidelines this week to the school's academic units.

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The Peoria County Auditor is resigning her position, effective Dec. 31, citing the recent county budget cuts.

The Chicago suburb of University Park's budget troubles have forced it to lay off about two dozen workers, including police officers.  The cuts include the southern suburb's Riegel Farm, where 150 animals were being moved and the facility closed.

WIU to cut 100 positions

Feb 26, 2016

Western Illinois University says it will cut 20-million dollars in spending over the next two fiscal years.  The university says for the fiscal year beginning July first it will cut 100 positions. President Jack Thomas says that will be done across divisions and includes administrators, faculty, and staff.

More than a decade of falling state funding is catching up with Western Illinois University. Tuesday WIU officials announced plans to cut more than 7 million dollars from next year's budget, including the elimination of 50 faculty positions.

Illinois’ budget impasse is getting the attention of more and more students at Northern Illinois University.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visits DeKalb tonight to speak to members of the County’s Economic Development Corporation.

Though Illinois has gone over three months without a budget, state government is anything but shutdown. Court orders and existing law have made it possible for the largest chunks of the state's financial obligations to be paid, except for the state's 12 public colleges and universities.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says lawmakers' plan to restore cuts to child care services shows Democrats' resolve to "claw their way to a massive tax hike."

Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal calls for cutting state higher education funding by nearly a third. But at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, Rauner turned back to his long-term goal of raising state funding for state universities.  

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, is sponsoring a bill that keeps working families from losing child care assistance.  

The Peoria Democrat’s measure challenges Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent changes to the Child Care Assistance Program.

On July 1, Rauner decreased eligibility for CCAP and increased the cost of copays. That translates to about 90 percent of the families who previously received benefits would no longer be eligible.  

Illinois leaders have another month to settle on a new budget plan, but given their failure to reach a deal by Sunday's initial deadline, Bruce Rauner says he must take immediate steps to manage state spending. 

Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjournment. 

Higher education will see a funding cut next year, but Democrats want to lessen the impact compared to what the Republican governor called for. 

Despite the threat of state funding cuts to Illinois railroads, lawmakers are urging an increase in safety programs for rail operators.

More than 30 school officials from across the state traveled to Springfield today to tell how budget cuts are affecting their districts.

Fare hikes would not be enough to make up Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed 40% cut to Illinois' funding of Amtrak.  That's what a member of Amtrak's board of directors told legislators today at a hearing. 

It's a busy time of year for the legislators, session is scheduled to end in a few weeks, on May 31st. But they're done meeting for this week.

The head of Illinois’ child welfare agency says he’s trying to find ways to get around budget cuts proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner.  

Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut the state budget took a spectacular fall today in the Illinois House.  The new Republican Governor's plan reduces Illinois' budget by $6 billion for the next fiscal year. 

Illinois House Democrats have sent a clear message to Gov. Bruce Rauner that they disagree with his proposed cuts to human services in next year's budget.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois can't afford to bail Chicago out of its financial problems. 

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While other agencies are bracing for budget cuts, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum could get everything it's asking for in next year's budget. 

Governor Rauner reverses some budget cuts

Apr 30, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner this morning decided to reverse $26 million of budget cuts he'd made in early April. 

Lawmakers' divide over the state budget appears to be growing.  Governor Bruce Rauner's been highly critical of Illinois' past budgeting practices. Back in February he introduced his own budget plan.

Cuts the governor is proposing for next year's budget are a concern for transportation officials. 

DCFS scholarship program in danger of being cut

Apr 28, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

The director of Illlinois’ child welfare system is praising a former ward who got a college scholarship through the state. But that program may be cut. 

Illinois DCFS director to head to Washington D.C.

Apr 28, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

The head of Illinois' child welfare agency says he's headed to Washington D.C. to investigate more potential federal funding sources.