budget agreement

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.

The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Illinois' attorney general says she will appeal a judge ruling denying her request to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Illinois Constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending.

Chicago's Civic Federation has laid out a map to lead Illinois out of the fiscal abyss.  The non-partisan government research organization says Illinois’ biggest problem is state government’s failure to pass a budget for going on two years.

Rauner Close to Short-Term Budget Agreement

Jun 23, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s close to reaching a short-term budget deal with Democrats.

Rauner hopeful for budget deal by end of next month

Apr 27, 2016

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful he and Democratic lawmakers can reach a 2-year budget deal by the end of next month.   The state's already gone 10 months without a budget and that's left higher education and human services crippled. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says this week's meeting with legislative leaders about the state budget impasse was productive even though House Speaker Michael Madigan did not attend. 

Illinois has been operating in a partial government shutdown for almost four months now, but Governor Bruce Rauner says he sees a light at the end of the tunnel.  

A major credit rating agency is warning legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner that they need to reach a budget agreement by late September, or else incur massive financial problems.  

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and democratic lawmakers have each offered up budget plans for the state.  But an analysis found that both would leave the state in deficit. 

According to a recent report from bipartisan think tank, The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, the spending plan approved by Democrats would have left the state with a ten billion dollar deficit. Gov. Ranuer vetoed all of that plan except for K-12 education funding

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it is reviewing Illinois juvenile detention centers for closure, preparing to close state museums and will ground state aircraft if there's no budget agreement. 

Hastert compares government shutdowns

Oct 8, 2013

Denny Hastert wasn't the Speaker of the U.S. House during the last government shutdown, but he was an Illinois Congressman in 1995 and '96.  He told IPR’S Amanda Vinicky, this time is different.

Hastert says back then, Republicans were trying to get a handle on spending. He says it worked.