Illinois budget http://peoriapublicradio.org en Former lawmaker says change is needed in state budgeting http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/former-lawmaker-says-change-needed-state-budgeting <div>Illinois' financial problems are well known. But what can be done about them? A former lawmaker has a vision for improving the way Illinois does budgeting. Rick Winkel served for 8 years in the General Assembly. He's now with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. So he's seen the process from different vantage points. Tue, 06 May 2014 16:36:14 +0000 Sean Crawford 22892 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Former lawmaker says change is needed in state budgeting State Budget Address delayed amid expected cuts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-budget-address-delayed-amid-expected-cuts <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2;">Illinois lawmakers </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2;">Wednesday</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Courier New'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 2;"> gave Governor Pat Quinn an extra month to figure out the state budget. He hastily signed the delay into law.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:45:38 +0000 Brian Mackey 18562 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State Budget Address delayed amid expected cuts State's year end bills mount http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/states-year-end-bills-mount <div>Illinois is ringing in the fiscal new year with 6-point-1 billion dollars in unpaid bills. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it's only expected to get worse.</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' budget year ended Sunday, but Comptroller Judy </span>Baar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Topinka<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she still has thousands of bills to pay, in fact, 73,184 bills to pay, and that doesn't even include figures from other state agencies.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:04:46 +0000 Brian Mackey 8214 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State's year end bills mount Lawmakers to determine where to cut spending http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-determine-where-cut-spending <p></p><div>Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget, even more are ahead. &nbsp;As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending.&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Human services" is a legislative phrase that covers ...</span></p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:26:20 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 5874 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers to determine where to cut spending Illinoisans can take a shot at balancing the state's budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinoisans-can-take-shot-balancing-states-budget <p></p><div>The Illinois House isn’t in session this week , and it still needs to develop and approve a budget for the coming year. Two bi-partisan think-tanks released an online tool to let you try to put together a state spending plan.&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:39:25 +0000 Denise Molina 4430 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinoisans can take a shot at balancing the state's budget