Illinois budget debacle

Former Governor Says Lack Of Budget Hurts Illinois

May 18, 2017

An exchange between a former Illinois governor and a current state representative highlighted political divides at last night’s forum on the state budget.  Four Republican state representatives were among about 75 people in attendance at the Illinois Issues budget forum in Champaign.

Rauner, Cullerton Point Blame for Budget Impasse

May 12, 2017

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.  Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.  Cullerton said Governor Bruce Rauner doesn’t understand what it takes to pass a bill.

Even though it has lasted nearly a year and a half, most Illinois voters say they haven’t personally felt the effects of the state budget impasse. That’s according to a poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, which is based at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. 

 The United Way of Illinois surveyed social services providers in the state and found that during the budget impasse, about  1 million of their clients have lost services due to lack of funding. 

A week from today,  July 1, marks a shameful anniversary for Illinois.   It will mean the state has gone a full year without a complete budget.  But how long can this go on?     

Tanya Koonce

Illinois’ Comptroller is calling on lawmakers and the Governor to come to some kind of budget agreement in the next ten days. The July first start of the state’s new fiscal year without a budget means the four special spending plans sunset.

Illinois Lottery officials say they support a short-term budget proposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner because it would pay lottery winners.  The state of Illinois remains without a budget after Rauner and Democratic leaders couldn't come to an agreement. 

Former Gov. Jim Edgar expressed a dim view of stopgap funding measures during an appearance Tuesday on the public radio program The 21st. He also shared his views on whether current Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic supermajorities in the legislature will ever come to terms on the anti-union aspects of the governor’s "Turnaround Agenda."

A $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has cleared the state Senate.  Lawmakers approved the bill on a near unanimous vote and sent the measure to the House. 

Illinois Democrats approved a $3.9 billion bill to fund colleges and various social service programs while the state operates without a budget.  But their plan is expected to be rejected by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois’ budget deficit is a billion dollars more than initially predicted.  Comptroller Leslie Munger, who signs checks for the state government, announced today that Illinois will be more than $6 billion dollars in debt by June 30th.  That is, if the state continues its current rate of spending without a budget.

  With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic legislative leaders unable to agree on a spending plan for Illinois … the odds of a government shutdown are increasing. U-S Senator Dick Durbin says that sort of crisis would be bad for business.

Governor Bruce Rauner is officially moving forward with plans to close a Department of Corrections work camp in Hardin, and the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger is preparing for what could happen if there's no state budget in place when the new fiscal year begins next month.   The Republican who controls the state's checkbook says she'll outline the consequences of inaction during a news briefing today (Wednesday). That includes state workers who won't get paychecks and facilities that may have to be closed.  Her office says she'll discuss a timeline of what may come in the coming weeks.   Illinois lawmakers are at an impasse over the state budget.

Rauner dismissive of locals concerns

Mar 17, 2015

 Governor Bruce Rauner's efforts to cut services, curb spending and reign in unions met with stiff opposition at a public meeting in Normal.