state spending

Clean Energy Deal On Uncertain Footing

Apr 24, 2017
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Some derided last year’s sweeping energy law as a bailout for power giant Exelon. But it was also a major win for environmentalists — who are now hedging their bets against Illinois’ budget problems.

Illinois has entered its 22nd month without a real budget.  Among the state services most affected by the political fight are those that help victims of domestic violence.  Illinois doesn’t spend a lot of money fighting domestic violence, it’s way less than a tenth of a percent of the state budget. But since last summer, it’s spent nothing.

A feud between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza is escalating over spending priorities during the state's unprecedented budget standoff.  Mendoza is a Democrat in charge of paying Illinois' bills. In a speech she accused Rauner of being a terrible governor and paying consultants from a health care fund, among other things.   

The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Illinois' attorney general says she will appeal a judge ruling denying her request to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Illinois Constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate plans to plow ahead with its proposed budget compromise to end the nearly 2-year-old deadlock with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it is reviewing Illinois juvenile detention centers for closure, preparing to close state museums and will ground state aircraft if there's no budget agreement. 

A leading business group is hinting that it could loosen its stance on opposition to a service tax. During the campaign, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a tax on certain services as a possible way to raise money.

Republican lawmakers are calling attention to state spending they say looks suspicious as it comes on the heels of a federal investigation into a now-defunct anti-violence program Governor Pat Quinn rolled out just before his last campaign.