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:

Schock to serve on House Budget Committee

Dec 11, 2014

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.

Keenan Chan / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

Before State Senator Mike Frerichs is sworn in as Illinois' treasurer next month, he's got a few more votes to cast as a legislator.

Rand elected Peoria County Board chairman

Dec 1, 2014

The Peoria County Board elected a new chairman Monday night.  

Peoria County approves 2015 budget

Nov 20, 2014

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:

City Council to talk big-spending issues next year

Nov 18, 2014

The City of Peoria is considering a budget that largely maintains the status-quo for 2015.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports major issues will be left for future budgets:

More than 20 Peoria County employees are signed up for a voluntary retirement program.  

Pensions in focus for Peoria City budget process

Nov 17, 2014

The City of Peoria needs to pay more money into its pension fund for firefighters next year.  That's the message from the city fire pension board: