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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.

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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:

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:

No changes for Peoria video gaming regulations

Oct 29, 2014

   The Peoria City Council continues looking for ways to regulate video-gaming parlors. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports, the council adjourned without picking a final option:

Federal programs draw lingering partisan tensions

Oct 13, 2014

About a year ago, a fight over the federal budget led to a government shutdown. Partisan tensions remain over what to do about popular, but expensive, programs.

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: