Budget Impasse

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House is upbraiding Gov. Bruce Rauner for comments the governor made about him. 

Ill. Lawmaker Who Drove for Uber Finally Gets Paid

Mar 27, 2017

One Illinois state lawmaker who resorted to driving an Uber to make ends meet is relieved he’ll start getting his state paycheck on time.

Illinois lawmakers are working on legislation intended to help youth programs struggling under the state budget impasse.  Youth services do things like help kids avoid time in jail; one helps school kids after a classmate is murdered. 

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A Cook County judge ruled Illinois’ comptroller cannot delay paying the salaries of state lawmakers during the budget impasse.  

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The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued today between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.   As comptroller, Mendoza signs the checks connected to the state’s bank accounts.

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.

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A group of Illinois contractors is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of violating the state Constitution.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) - Governors State University has announced it will eliminate 22 academic programs and hike tuition to cope with a lack of funding due to Illinois' budget stalemate.

Members of the Illinois Senate return to Springfield  tomorrow. They’re once again expected to vote on a deal meant to end Illinois’ budget stalemate.  The top Republican and Democrat in the Senate have been working on this compromise since December.

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State lawmakers are reacting to a recent news story that 260 students at Northeastern Illinois University may be kicked out of their campus jobs because of the budget impasse.   Northeastern is looking to furlough some of its employees to save money because it’s not getting anything from the state without a budget. 

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A southwest Illinois school official says he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. Robert Daiber is the Madison County regional superintendent of schools.  He says the state faces a real financial crisis, including the ongoing budget impasse, and the governor's chief responsibility is to submit a spending plan. He says his candidacy will focus on compromising collaboration.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is asking lawmakers to help bring in money by allowing advertising on vehicle registration reminders that are mailed out to millions of homes each year.

Illinois lawmakers are preparing legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks if a judge agrees with the attorney general's argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.

U of I Reviewing State Paycheck Halt

Jan 27, 2017

A court filing by Illinois’ Attorney General seeks to halt state worker paychecks by the end of February, and not let them resume until there’s agreement on a state budget. But it’s not yet clear if Thursday’s action would extend to University of Illinois employees.  

Sounding Off: Lawmakers React to Governor's Address

Jan 26, 2017
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Illinois legislators on both sides of the aisle are responding to the governor's State of the State address, Wed. 

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Since Illinois’ temporary spending plan ended in December, even more services are disappearing. One is state aid to provide funerals for families that can’t afford them.

 

Drew Edwards became a funeral director in Danville in the early nineties. Back then, when a family didn’t have the money to pay for their loved one’s funeral, the state would provide help.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The impact of Illinois' budget impasse has reached Springfield's hotel industry, which is reporting a four-year low in bookings.

The state’s ongoing budget impasse has hit community colleges particularly hard, with funds to these schools and the students who attend them drastically reduced. The Illinois Community College Board is distributing $3 million in emergency aid, divided among seven campuses.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago State University officials say the school will burn through cash reserves and eventually need to make additional cuts.

University administrators have been trying to create a balance of acknowledging financial urgency while assuring students that the school's future is strong.

Documents sent to state officials responsible for funding show the school could spend the $26 million in its cash reserves by May and end the academic year with a $3.5 million deficit. 

As we get ready to welcome 2017, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to another tough year in Illinois government and politics.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state's budget impasse has put a hold on payments to former Illinois inmates who've been exonerated of crimes.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' public universities are being forced once again to plan to operate without state funding after going nearly the entire 2015-2016 school year without receiving any support amid the budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Legislature's Democratic leaders.

A six-month spending plan that has kept schools afloat runs out Dec. 31. There's no indication Rauner and top Democrats are close to reaching a deal on a budget for the rest of the school year.

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Alcohol will soon be on the menu at Southern Illinois University.

The school's board voted on Thursday to allow the sales of beer and wine at campus events. 

The decision to join other universities around the state that already allow alcohol sales comes as colleges are trying to find ways to increase revenues to cope with dwindling state funding. Supporters of the decision say it will increase attendance at sporting events on campus. 

With just one month until Illinois government loses spending authority, the state's political leaders remain sharply divided on how to unwind the crisis.  They've been clear about their positions: Republicans say no budget deal without first adopting the governor's agenda, which aims to help businesses, weaken labor unions and sideline long-serving politicians.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he hopes lawmakers don't just focus on overriding vetoes when they return to Springfield for a brief session next week and instead work on trying to end an epic budget impasse.  The Republican governor says he wants to meet with legislative leaders Monday to discuss how to proceed, but Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan hasn't responded.  Madigan's spokesman didn't immediately respond to calls for comment.

State Sen. Dave Koehler says he’s introduced a bill that will allow local governments to receive federal funds even if the state doesn’t have a budget.

That was a problem for local agencies like the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria had last year when the state didn’t have a spending plan.

The state budget also serves as the allocation mechanism for federal funds designated for such agencies. The Peoria Democrat says he introduced the bill, after talking about the idea with Director of Airports Gene Olson.

A new report from the Chicago-based non-profit Truth in Accounting found it would cost taxpayers more than forty five thousand dollars each to cover the state’s unfunded debts.  

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How has Illinois' year-long budget impasse affected enrollment at public colleges and universities? The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform conducted a study to find out.

The good news: Enrollment at Illinois three largest public universities increased -- but just barely. The biggest gain was at the state's flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign, where enrollment increase 1.8 percent. 

But Sarah Brune, director of the non-partisan research group, says Illinois' small and mid-size schools fell behind their neighbors. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state's budget deficit will be $5.4 billion. The figure is far below the $7.8 billion that the Legislature's bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability projects.  The Republican governor and lawmakers have been unable to agree on a budget. Court-ordered spending continues, outstripping revenue. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Social service providers are appealing a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit asking the court to force payment on contracts with the state of Illinois.

The Pay Now Illinois coalition said Thurs. morning that it intends to appeal Cook County Judge Rodolfo Garcia's Aug. 31 ruling to an Illinois appeals court. Garcia says the issue belongs in a higher court. 

The coalition includes nearly 100 social service providers. The group sued in May over fallout from the state's budget stalemate. They argue the state breached its service contracts and they are owed roughly $160 million collectively for services, including health care and programs to fight homelessness.

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