Illinois budget

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is traveling Illinois… trying to drum up last minute support for his re-election bid. He made a Thursday morning stop in Quincy.

The Governor spoke for about ten minutes to a crowd of about 30 people… including several current and former elected leaders.

He encouraged them to vote and reminded them that every vote for him in Adams County is one less vote he will need in Cook County.

Rauner won every county but Cook County in 2014. But he only narrowly won the popular vote.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will propose reversing last year's income tax increase in a "step-down" process that will cover several years.

Rauner pledged the rollback Monday when asked about how he would pay for more than $2 billion in state spending that never received appropriation authority from the General Assembly.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza's first monthly report on the state's pile of overdue bills revealed that the state will spend $2.3 billion in the fiscal year that ends June 30 that was never appropriated in law.

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Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza visited Herrin in southern Illinois Monday, to hear from medical doctors what late insurance payments mean to their practice.  

In a packed conference room at the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois, Mendoza heard from CEO Greg Thompson - who says even though they have never missed a payroll, sometimes the physicians haven given  up their own pay, so staff can get paid.

Rauner Staffers Resign Over Cartoon Controversy

Aug 24, 2017
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Four members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican's conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.  

Rauner issued a statement Thursday saying Diana Rickert, Laurel Patrick, Meghan Keenan and Brittany Carl submitted resignations. They were hired last month in a staff shakeup that included several employees from the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank.

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The debate over school funding in Illinois has focused on Chicago Public Schools, which Governor Bruce Rauner alleges would get a "bailout" under a plan sponsored by Democrats. He vetoed much of that proposal. Legislative leaders are now trying to work out a compromise.

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Peoria-area state representatives voted mostly along party lines on the decision to override the Governor’s vetoes, giving the state its first budget in more than two years.

History Lesson: How Did We Get a Budget Deal?

Jul 6, 2017
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The Illinois House will try again today to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state’s first full budget in two years. Rauner vetoed the measure Tuesday, just hours later the State Senate overrode that move. The first term Republican rejected the 36-billion dollar budget and its companion tax hike because it didn’t address his demand for reform. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe talked with Illinois Political historian Kent Redfield to see what changed in recent weeks to make a budget deal happen in the first place?

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Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed Illinois’ first complete budget legislation in more than two years. The Illinois Senate already voted to override him. Now the question is when the Illinois House will try to do the same thing. Bond rating agencies have warned of “junk” status if Illinois doesn’t act soon, but state Representative Lou Lang says he believes the rating agencies will see Illinois is moving in the right direction.

The budget plan includes spending cuts, changes to the state pension systems, and a tax increase. Sixteen Republicans broke with Rauner to get it passed.

Illinois Senate to Vote on Budget Plan

Jul 4, 2017
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The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on a full budget today. That’s after the House passed a spending plan and a tax increase over the weekend to try and end the two-year long impasse.

In the House, 15 Republicans went against Governor Bruce Rauner and voted yes. It’s not a given that the Senate has the votes to pass it. Senate Democrats already passed a budget that included more spending than the plan they’re set to consider today.

Illinois Billions of Dollars Deeper in Debt

May 31, 2017

Two years with no budget have left the state of Illinois billions of dollars deeper in debt than when the budget impasse started. The state comptroller’s office says that when the fiscal year ends, the state’s stack of unpaid bills will be $11.6 billion higher. 

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Protesters have completed a 200-mile Chicago-to-Springfield march in support of a state budget that supports working-class people.  More than a hundred protesters joined the March to Springfield for the final leg to the state Capitol as lawmakers attempt to hash out a budget deal before the session ends tomorrow. 

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.

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Illinois House Democrats are taking their time in considering the state budget plan sent them this week by the Senate.  Chicago Rep. Greg Harris is the Democrats' budget negotiator. He says lawmakers' first goal is to review the $39.7 billion spending plan and put it in a form the public can understand. 

Former Governor Says Lack Of Budget Hurts Illinois

May 18, 2017

An exchange between a former Illinois governor and a current state representative highlighted political divides at last night’s forum on the state budget.  Four Republican state representatives were among about 75 people in attendance at the Illinois Issues budget forum in Champaign.

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About 75 people attended last night’s Illinois Issues forum on the state budget at the I-Hotel in Champaign. The event was hosted by Illinois Public Media and NPR Illinois, and sponsored by AARP. The panel discussion included former Illinois governor Jim Edgar, University of Illinois president Tim Killeen, Director of the U of I Institute of Government & Public Affairs Chris Mooney, and President of Illinois AARP Rosanna Marquez.

The panel took questions from audience members for about 90 minutes, and heard from two Champaign-Urbana social service providers who have been affected by the nearly two-year budget impasse.  Courage Connection Executive Director Isak Griffiths spoke about the impact on her agency, the only service provider to domestic violence victims in Champaign-Urbana.

The state of Illinois owes Courage Connection more than $300,000 dollars, and they’re trying to raise funds to help make up the shortfall.  You can find more information at courageconnection.org.

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But it turned down authority to implement it.  The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.  

The Illinois Senate has rejected a two-year property tax freeze. The Democratic offer to meet Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's demand for tax relief for local homeowners is one of the measures that is part of the "grand bargain" budget compromise. 

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Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   

The Illinois Senate has scheduled a do-over for some pieces of legislation that are part of the so-called grand bargain budget compromise.  Democrats who control the Senate used a procedure to move bills that have already been approved by the Senate back into position for votes again. 

Top Illinois House Democrats are publicly asking Gov. Bruce Rauner why the Republican won't meet with them on state budget matters with just two weeks left in the spring legislative session.  House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago and three other Democrats wrote Rauner last week offering to discuss an agreement on Illinois' first annual budget since 2015. 

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Protesters urging Illinois lawmakers to agree on an annual state budget stepped off on a 200-mile march to Springfield.  The March to Springfield got underway at noon Monday. Organizers say marchers range in age from 23 to 90. They left the James R. Thompson state office building in Chicago's Loop. 

Rauner, Cullerton Point Blame for Budget Impasse

May 12, 2017

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.  Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.  Cullerton said Governor Bruce Rauner doesn’t understand what it takes to pass a bill.

Commentary: The time has come to stop talking about a  'truly balanced budget'

“Let’s get a truly balanced budget ... ”  Gov. Bruce Rauner and his aides, in various venues on numerous occasions, 2015-present.

Not to downplay the governor’s mantra, but what exactly is a “truly balanced budget?” 

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Illinois Democrats and senior-citizen groups are challenging Governor Bruce Rauner’s push to change home health care services. With a growing elderly population, Rauner says the state needs more control over how much it pays home health care workers, and what those services include. Donna Peek is a home health care aid, and member of the union SEIU. She says Rauner’s plan will upend close relationships between clients and their caregivers.

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House has appointed envoys to find areas of compromise on a state budget deal with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Democrats in the Illinois Senate say they want Republican support for a partial state spending plan.  The proposal would free up more than $800-million for human services and higher education, neither of which have been fully funded since summer 2015.  

More than two dozen health care providers and insurance companies are telling a federal judge in Chicago they may have to stop serving some poor patients. That’s because the State of Illinois is so late in paying Medicaid bills due to the budget impasse. Twenty-five health care organizations are asking a federal judge to make the state government reimburse them faster for seeing Medicaid patients. They say if the judge doesn’t agree, then doctors may stop seeing Medicaid patients altogether.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan met briefly to discuss what has been a two-year budget stalemate.  Madigan noted after the meeting that there's a growing cry from school superintendents, human services providers and credit-rating houses to adopt a full year state budget. 

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Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield today as state government is closing on 22 months without a budget, and prospects for an overall deal look grim.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been saying he’s heard there's good progress on an overall budget deal.  But Democrats in the Senate say they don’t know what the Republican governor is talking about. Legislators have been on a two week recess, and say no high-level meetings have been taking place.

Governor Expresses Optimism For Budget

Apr 17, 2017
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Gov. Bruce Rauner toured Getz Fire Equipment Company in Peoria Monday where he praised the 60 year-old business. He also reiterated his standard remarks about growing Illinois’ economy and his pro-business agenda. 

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