Park District considers closing Donovan golf course

Sep 24, 2014

The Peoria Park District Board talked about closing Donovan Golf Course as part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap. Staff originally proposed closing Newman Golf Course to save 400-thousand-dollars. But Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says turning Donovan into a park could make more sense:

Peoria County talks possible adjustments for 2015

Sep 23, 2014

Peoria County could see staff reductions, delayed road projects and increased fees in 2015. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports those are some of the items discussed to fill a $3.5 million spending gap:

Peoria Park District outlines budget woes

Aug 27, 2014

The Peoria Park District says dwindling golf numbers and high operational cost from the Central Park Pool are helping drive a nearly $1 million deficit for next year's budget. The District is considering closing the pool and one or more of its six golf courses to get in the black. Peoria Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says reserve funds have dwindled by 80-percent since 2010:

The Peoria Riverfront Museum saw a surge in donations and sponsorships last fiscal year compared to what it budgeted. But the facility also had to draw $680,000 more from its reserves to cover operations than it planned. Museum President Sam Gappmayer says the deficit only lasted the first six months of the year. He says the museum made adjustments to land itself in the black for the remainder of the fiscal year:

District 150 School Board talks budget challenges

Aug 25, 2014

  Peoria Public Schools is facing a projected budget deficit of more than $12 million this fiscal year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s double the spending gap for last year:

Bradley University is projecting a fall freshman class of 940 students.  That’s 140 fewer students compared to last year’s freshman class. Bradley University president Joanne Glasser shared the numbers at the State of the University address. Bradley is looking to make about seven-point-eight-million dollars in cuts to hit a balanced budget for the academic year. 

Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances

Jul 23, 2014

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.  As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, pensions also continue to be a drag.

When Illinois Democrats passed the state's latest budget, many seemed to hold their nose. Credit ratings agencies are more direct. Standard & Poor’s has revised Illinois' credit outlook to "negative."

Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday.  

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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 Amanda Vinicky reports. 

There's nothing on the governor's public schedule for Monday. But that doesn't mean he won't be busy making official the spending plan passed by his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.

Governor Pat Quinn has approved a supplemental spending bill for the budget year ending June 30th. The 1.8 billion dollar package, signed Monday, pays down some of the state’s overdue bills.

With the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session over, lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to the Capitol until November. Two 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.

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.

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. 

East Peoria approves 2014-2015 budget

Apr 29, 2014

East Peoria’s budget for next fiscal year makes no changes to city services or staffing levels.  The spending plan also puts about $1 million towards road maintenance.  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:

East Peoria considers status quo budget

Apr 23, 2014

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. 

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:

Quinn’s budget includes re-opening youth prisons

Mar 27, 2014


The state budget proposed this week by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s includes money to reopen two recently shuttered youth prisons.  

Quinn: keep income tax rate, give property tax breaks

Mar 26, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday gave his annual budget speech. He is trying to sell a plan that keeps in place Illinois’ 5-percent income tax rate, but which will give homeowners a $500 annual break in property taxes:

Quinn can’t put off budget speech any longer

Mar 19, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn put off Tio Hardiman in Tuesday’s primary, but he can’t put off his budget address any longer.  

Report details state budget challenges

Mar 12, 2014

Illinois lawmakers have already begun debating a new state spending plan. A report out this week looking back at Illinois' last, completed fiscal year shows just how bogged down the budget has been. 

The Dunlap School District is changing its proposed budget plan for next school year based on public concern and suggestions. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Illinois' public colleges and universities are making an austere budget request to the state. The Board of Higher Education will ask to keep level funding for the coming fiscal year. Harry Berman is the interim Executive Director. He says it's less than what is needed:

Dunlap teachers, parents oppose proposed cuts

Jan 15, 2014

The Dunlap school district should keep its teachers and current band and orchestra programs next year.  That’s the message from hundreds of parents and teachers voicing concern over proposed staff and program cuts.  The proposed spending plan would lay-off nearly 20 teachers, cut school bussing options and raise student fees. About 40 people spoke out against the proposed cuts during last night’s school board meeting. Many are opposed to cutting fifth grade band and fourth grade orchestra programs.  Tina Holloway is the band director at Dunlap Valley Middle School. She says delaying music classes hurts the students and the district:

Changes coming to WIU faculty contract

Oct 30, 2013

The union representing faculty at Western Illinois University has an agreement in principle with the school to help Western through some tough budget times. And the union leader is sharply criticizing the state for its role in the college’s budget woes. Illinois Public Radio’s Rich Egger reports. 

Peoria County proposes 2014 budget

Oct 10, 2013

Peoria County is proposing a budget for 2014 with no layoffs or major service changes.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports officials have concerns over dwindling state money:

Outside the Horseshoe - October 8, 2013

Oct 8, 2013

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich talk about the 2014 budget on Outside the Horseshoe.  The show aired on 89.9 WCBU, Peoria Public Radio at 6:00p.m., Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 before the live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meeting.

Focus Forward committee approves budget

Jul 5, 2013

The group charged with re-working economic development efforts in the Peoria region is closer to adopting a budget.

IL lawmakers adjourn, leave some big issues unresolved

Jun 1, 2013

The Illinois General Assembly ended its 2013 session last night. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it's more likely to be remembered for what was not accomplished than for what was.

Riverfront Museum reports lower-than-expected attendance, revenues

May 28, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront Museum Board is reporting lower revenues and attendance than expected for the museum’s first year of operation. The museum group provided a Peoria County Board committee its financials and audit after being more than six months late with the contractually required information.

Gov. Quinn's salary increases

Apr 26, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn's tax returns show he made more money last year but he gave less to charity than he did in 2011. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

Peoria County is facing a nearly $700,000 cut in state funding that’s proposed by Governor Pat Quinn.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

Quinn is proposing a 20-percent cut to a certain state fund that feeds local governments.  Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says the proposed cut would mean less money to pay for several county services: