April surprise http://peoriapublicradio.org en Il has option of spending more money than realized http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-has-option-spending-more-money-realized <p></p><div>The state of Illinois' budget has been under pressure for years, forcing lawmakers to make difficult decisions to cut spending. But as IPR’S Brian Mackey reports, they learned about an entirely different kind of problem on Monday.</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even people who closely follow state government can lose track of all the billions and millions that get tossed around during budget-making season. But lawmakers were paying attention when financial experts reported Illinois would have the option of spending $200 million more dollars than they previously realized. It's because of the "April surprise."</span></p><div> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:43:57 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6324 at http://peoriapublicradio.org