Illinois received 20 million dollars from the federal government for expanding access to early childhood education. Illinois currently enrolls just over a quarter of its 4 year olds in state-funded preschool for low-income families.
The City of Peoria is hosting a series of meetings to get public input on crafting the next budget. The City held its first meeting at Bradley University Thursday to talk about the administrative budget. The next meeting will discuss police expenses at the Bonnie Noble Center next Thursday. Other public meetings will discuss the budgets for fire, public works and economic development departments. A full list of meeting times is below:
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is likely to have disagreements with the new Governor Bruce Rauner. Madigan is a Democrat and Rauner a Republican. But the Speaker says he and Rauner are on the same page when it comes to limits on spending.
18th District Congressman Aaron Schock was appointed to the House Budget Committee. The Republican also serves on the Ways and Means Committee. He fills the Budget Committee seat left by Congressman Paul Ryan, who will chair the Ways and Means Committee.
The Peoria County Board signed-off on the 2015 budget last night. The spending plan includes service fee hikes and an early retirement program to fill a $3.5 million spending gap. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says the budget aims for long term fixes:
The Peoria County Board will consider road funding next year that includes no property tax increases and a delayed road project. The Board also will take up a measure to spend up to $1 million from its economic development account to fund highway department operations. County Board member Andrew Rand says the County needs to have a road study and get public input before raising taxes:
The City of Peoria needs to spend about 15-times more money than what’s budgeted just to maintain it’s current road conditions. That was the message from a new road study presented to the City Council last night. The study says Peoria needs to spend $9.4 million to maintain road conditions each year. City manager Patrick Urich says the city only has $600,000 budgeted this year:
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: