Illinois Democrats advanced more of their budget Wednesday, despite the deficit it would create. At the same time they squashed some of the Republican governor's requests.

Peoria County considers hiring outside consultant

May 27, 2015

Peoria County is looking to use an outside consultant to find ways to cut costs and boost revenue.  The full Board will consider spending $192,000 to hire Matrix Consulting.  Some elected officials say they're concerned the consultant will be used to justify future staff reductions.  County Administrator Scott Sorrel says any potential staff changes would be part of a larger review of departments and services:

East Peoria considers array of budget options

May 19, 2015

The City of East Peoria is looking at possible options to help balance its books in the long-term.  The move comes amid looming state budget cuts:

Illinois road, bridge maintenance funding looks bleak

May 14, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Illinois' investment in maintaining roads and bridges drops dramatically in the coming year under a plan Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration released Thursday. 

New ways to tackle Illinois' underfunded pension systems could be emerging.  The governor appears to be backing away from his plan. 

It's a busy time of year for the legislators, session is scheduled to end in a few weeks, on May 31st. But they're done meeting for this week.

Peoria Public Radio

While other agencies are bracing for budget cuts, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum could get everything it's asking for in next year's budget. 

Governor Rauner reverses some budget cuts

Apr 30, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner this morning decided to reverse $26 million of budget cuts he'd made in early April. 

Peoria Public Radio

An expert on state fiscal policy is calling for raising the state income tax and expanding the sales tax to balance Illinois’ budget within two years, without relying on cuts to social services. 

Governor Bruce Rauner froze several state grants in order to balance the budget for the current fiscal year. Now lawmakers are asking what will happen to the people who relied on those programs even after their deaths. 

Peoria Public Radio

An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would restore $26 million in social services and public health grants recently suspended by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. 

Peoria Public Radio

Earlier this month, Governor Bruce Rauner froze state funding to programs he says must be cut to balance the current budget. 

Peoria Public Radio

Illinois’ top Senate Democrat is criticizing the way the Republican governor is handling budget negotiations. 

 The Peoria Public School Board discussed staff proposals to cut millions of dollars next school year. The district is facing a nearly $13 million deficit in the fall:

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:

City of Peoria launches new online budgeting tool

Apr 6, 2015

The City of Peoria launched a new online budget tool Monday that aims to boost public input.  

The District 150 School Board is trying to balance short-term budget woes with long-term goals.  

District 150 proposes deep cuts amid budget squeeze

Mar 23, 2015

Peoria Public Schools staff are proposing more than $9 million in budget cuts next year.  That would mean significant program and personnel reductions:

Crafting a budget is never easy. Lawmakers will have nearly $2 billion less to work with as they craft next year's. 

Rauner's pension plans 'unrealistic'

Mar 5, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner's budget proposal includes overhauling state pensions, which his office says will save more than 2 billion dollars. 

Peoria City and County say Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget carries significant financial impacts. 

Illinois' new governor and legislative leaders are figuring out how to deal with shortfalls in this year's budget. 

Boone County Fair

The possibility of budget cuts makes the future of agricultural fairs in Illinois unknown.  Agricultural fairs rarely make a profit, and most are slowly using up their savings, if they had any. 

Peoria expanding gunfire-detection technology

Feb 10, 2015


The Peoria City Council unanimously approved expanding special law enforcement technology this spring.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Next week, Governor Bruce Rauner will introduce a new spending plan for Illinois. But that’s supposed to focus on the next fiscal year. He’s also got to worry about the current budget.

Madigan supports Rauner's spending limits

Feb 4, 2015

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.

The City of Peoria is hoping to use new technology to get resident input in crafting next year’s budget. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the budget at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus is her top priority for the coming year.

The Peoria City Council is facing a gloomy budget outlook in the next five years.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports on the latest numbers: