A study shows that the economic impact of the Illinois Veterans Home extends far beyond the city of Quincy and well above the facility's $54 million annual budget.

Illinois school administrators say they cannot afford to pay teachers' pension costs as part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to balance the state budget.

There's a new plaque at the state capitol in Springfield commemorating President Barack Obama's 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House.

Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.

Watchdog Group Suggests Taxing Retirement Income

Feb 12, 2018
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Governor Bruce Rauner is set to propose his state budget plan this week. It comes as a watchdog group suggests the state’s finances are so bad, Illinois should start taxing retirement income. Taxing retirement income is an age-old debate in Illinois that has a lot of political pitfalls. But Laurence Msall with the Civic Federation, a group that monitors the state’s budget, says the 2-year-long budget impasse did so much long-term damage that everyone will now have to make some sacrifices.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year.

18th District Congressman Darin LaHood is back to work in Washington D.C. Tuesday. The Peoria Republican says he believes Congress cannot let the government shut down.

An Illinois lawmaker is proposing a fee cut from the state's budget package, arguing there wasn't enough time to fully examine it as lawmakers quickly approved a budget to end the state's budget impasse.

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The special Peoria City Council meeting to approve the 2018-2019 budget, instead offered council members a briefing on the latest proposed cuts to the fire department.

The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget for 2018.

The University of Illinois board has approved bonuses totaling $175,000 for the president of the university's system and the chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus for the second straight year.

The University of Illinois has a new budget for 2018, and the spending plan holds the line on student tuition.

U of I Prepared in Case of Future Budget Crisis

Nov 3, 2017

The Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the campus is implementing a financial and budget plan that can sustain a budget crisis.

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The Peoria City Council is close to approving its 2018 budget except for one contentious item -- the mothballing of a fire truck.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it wants to make to Illinois' new budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation.

The University of Illinois continues to struggle with faculty recruitment and retention despite the state budget crisis subsiding. 

Planning for Illinois' bicentennial celebration lags behind recent anniversaries elsewhere.

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

Soda Tax Not Done ---Yet

Oct 11, 2017

Cook County Commissioners took the final vote to repeal the controversial sweetened-beverage tax Wednesday. But it’s not gone just yet.

Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn't even been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

A Cook County commissioner says a deal has been reached to repeal a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. 

A day after praising a tentative deal in Illinois' school funding fight, Gov. Bruce Rauner is giving it mixed reviews. 

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's concerned that President Donald Trump may follow through with his threat to force a government shutdown if Congress fails to approve money for a proposed wall on the United States' southern border.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign dismissed attacks by would-be Democratic challengers.

The city of Peoria faces a nearly $8 million dollar deficit in next year’s budget, a deficit that will grow to $11 million dollars by 2020 without corrective action.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich reported to the city council Tues. that one of the primary reasons for the growing deficit is the mandatory contribution for pensions.

"In 2012, were levying about $16-million for all of our retirement costs. In 2016, we were at $19.7 million," Urich said. 

A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court. 

A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse. 

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.