State News
6:54 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Governor approves supplemental budget for current year

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.

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State News
7:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

How the legislative session could shape the political conversation in the general election

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.

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State News
1:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Could in-home health services be at risk for cuts?

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. 

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11:57 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

East Peoria approves 2014-2015 budget

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:

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12:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

East Peoria considers status quo budget

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. 

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11:59 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

District 150 OKs 200 pink-slips, Peoria Police costing district unbudgeted $180,000

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:

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3:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Quinn’s budget includes re-opening youth prisons

Credit WBEZ.org


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

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1:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Quinn: keep income tax rate, give property tax breaks

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:

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5:02 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Quinn can’t put off budget speech any longer

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

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5:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Report details state budget challenges

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. 

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