budget http://peoriapublicradio.org en Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/budget-pensions-straining-illinois-finances <div>Wall Street's view of Illinois' financial health has taken a hit, thanks largely to the state budget that took effect at the start of this month. &nbsp;As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, pensions also continue to be a drag.</div><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Illinois Democrats passed the state's latest budget, many seemed to hold their nose.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Credit ratings agencies are more direct. Standard &amp; Poor’s has revised Illinois' credit outlook to "negative."</span></p></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26930 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances Governor Quinn signs budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-quinn-signs-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:03:21 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25737 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor Quinn signs budget Deadline for Quinn to take budget action http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/deadline-quinn-take-budget-action <div>It's the last day of the fiscal year for the State of Illinois which means the pressure is on for Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a new budget into law. IPR's A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">manda </span>Vinicky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.&nbsp;</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's nothing on the governor's public schedule for Monday.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But that doesn't mean he won't be busy making official the spending plan passed by his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:04:39 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25688 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Deadline for Quinn to take budget action Governor approves supplemental budget for current year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-approves-supplemental-budget-current-year <div>Governor Pat Quinn has approved a supplemental spending bill for the budget year ending June 30th.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 1.8 billion dollar package, signed Monday, pays down some of the state’s overdue bills. </span></div><div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:54:21 +0000 Brian Mackey 24645 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor approves supplemental budget for current year How the legislative session could shape the political conversation in the general election http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/how-legislative-session-could-shape-political-conversation-general-election <div>With the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session over, lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to the Capitol until November. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">wo months of fierce debate over state spending and taxes culminated in a stalemate, so they passed a placeholder budget that will likely have to be revisited at the end of the year.</span></div><div> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:03:48 +0000 Brian Mackey 24246 at http://peoriapublicradio.org How the legislative session could shape the political conversation in the general election Could in-home health services be at risk for cuts? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/could-home-health-services-be-risk-cuts <div>As the Illinois General Assembly considers a so-called "middle of the road" budget for next year, some programs could be cut or reduced to make up for the expiration of the 2011 income-tax hike. As IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, advocates for people with disabilities say a reduction could be catastrophic for that population.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the biggest parts of Illinois' budget is Medicaid, which not only provides health care to the poor, but also to those with disabilities. Those who *can* live independently usually elect to with the help of in-home health service.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:13:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23960 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Could in-home health services be at risk for cuts? East Peoria approves 2014-2015 budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/east-peoria-approves-2014-2015-budget <div>East Peoria’s budget for next fiscal year makes no changes to city services or staffing levels. &nbsp;The spending plan also puts about $1 million towards road maintenance. &nbsp;Commissioner Dan Decker says he wants to see more funding for road upkeep. But he also says new road projects, like Centennial and Summit Drive, have used money that otherwise could go to general repairs across the city:</div><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 04:57:27 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22575 at http://peoriapublicradio.org East Peoria approves 2014-2015 budget East Peoria considers status quo budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/east-peoria-considers-status-quo-budget <p>The East Peoria City Council is considering a status quo budget for next fiscal year. The proposed spending plan makes no changes to staffing levels and city services.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:32:53 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22194 at http://peoriapublicradio.org East Peoria considers status quo budget District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-oks-200-pink-slips-peoria-police-costing-district-unbudgeted-180000 <div>200 full and part-time District 150 employees are receiving pink slips for next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that includes 40 more teachers compared to the same time last year:</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:59:44 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21781 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000 Quinn’s budget includes re-opening youth prisons http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-s-budget-includes-re-opening-youth-prisons <div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state budget proposed this week by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s includes money to reopen two recently shuttered youth prisons. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:41:22 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 20915 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn’s budget includes re-opening youth prisons