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Illinois Budget: Senators Mike Jacobs, Dan Rutherford Expect Legislature to Leave on May 7, Leave Budget Undone

(Springfield, IL) — April 28, 2010. Illinois lawmakers expect to be home at the end of next week, even if it will take a little longer to finish the new state budget. Legislators expect their last day in Springfield to be on or about May 7, the scheduled adjournment date.  And about three weeks earlier … Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: Pat Quinn Claims Pension Reforms to Save Illinois $200 Billion; Praises Michael Madigan, John Cullerton

(Chicago, IL) — April 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday finally signed into law a significant public pension reform bill that will save taxpayers billions of dollars while protecting the retirement of state workers. “From the moment I took office, I have worked to overhaul Illinois’ pension system to provide relief to taxpayers while protecting … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Senate President John Cullerton Says Evanston to Keep its State Income Tax Money; Pat Quinn’s Budget Gets a $300 Million Hole

(Chicago, IL) — April 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn has proposed cutting the share of the Illinois income tax that is shared with towns and cities by $300 million to help close the state’s gaping budget deficit. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), however, on Friday told Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl not to worry: the … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Rep. Jehan Gordon Dumps on Pat Quinn’s Budget Cut to Cities

State Rep. Jehan Gordon (D-Peoria) is giving Governor Pat Quinn a legislative taste of the difficulties that his budget faces in the Illinois legislature. Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Progress Illinois Exposes Illinois Policy Institute’s Junk Policy Research

(Chicago, IL) — March 18, 2010. The Illinois ‘Policy Institute’–a thinly disguised propaganda arm of the Illinois Republican Party–has been peddling its gussied up junk policy research on the Illinois budget as the real thing and plenty of media outlets have been falling for it–except Progress Illinois. In the latest installment of party propaganda masquerading … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Illinois Policy Institute’s Fantasy Machine Churns Out Illinois Budget Proposal

(Chicago, IL) — March 17, 2010. The Illinois Policy Institute today released a detailed alternative Illinois budget that cuts $4.6 billion from the state budget, raises no taxes or loans, and still leaves the budget unbalanced by nearly $8.4 billion, kicking the can down the road. “It will take the state a few years to … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Tom Cross, Christine Radogno Say Obama-Backed Health Reform Will Add to Illinois Budget Crisis

(Chicago, IL) — March 17, 2010. The federal health care legislation pending before Congress will aggravate the Illinois budget crisis Illinois State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) said today. “It’s a cruel irony to promise people health care and then they can’t get treatment because doctors don’t … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Despite Illinois Constitution, Pat Quinn’s Budget Eliminates Lt. Governor’s $139,200 Salary

(Springfield, IL) — March 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn‘s budget is not doing anything to make Illinois’ odd situation with the lieutenant governor’s office any less odd. Quinn has said since the debacle with Scott Lee Cohen — which left the Democrats without a lieutenant governor candidate – that he supports keeping the position.  However, … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Democratic Women Call on Quinn, Cross, Cullerton, Madigan, Radogno to Pass “Comprehensive Tax Reform”

(Springfield, IL) — March 16, 2010. From the Department of Wishful Thinking, more than 200 mostly Democratic women have sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) demanding that they pass a “comprehensive tax reform” package. In the … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Greg Hinz Notes that Pat Quinn’s 1% Tax Hike Raises $2.8 Billion–$1.5 Billion More than Needed to Avoid School Cuts

(Chicago, IL) — March 11, 2010. Only in Springfield do you find this kind of “new math”. Governor Pat Quinn is proposing a 1% Illinois income tax increase surcharge to avoid $1.3 billion in cuts to local schools. What the Governor neglected yesterday to mention in his budget address is that 1% would raise $2.8 … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: GOP State Rep. Jim Sacia Says Pat Quinn’s 33% Income Tax Increase Not Big Enough; Other Lawmakers Respond

(Springfield, IL) — March 11, 2010. The state faces a staggering $13 billion deficit and Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plan calls for $2 billion in cuts, $4 billion in short-term borrowing and a 33 percent increase in the state income tax rate to cover state costs. Illinois’ current income tax rate stands at a flat … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: In Response to Pat Quinn Budget Proposal, Bill Brady Sticks to His 10% Cut, Despite Jim Edgar Calling it “Naive”

(Springfield, IL) — March 11, 2010. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady on Wednesday called Governor Pat Quinn’s fiscal year 2011 budget a “catastrophe,” insisting his own plan for a 10 percent across-the-board cut would balance the budget and dig the state out of its $13 billion hole. His comments came after Quinn’s budget speech to … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Governor Pat Quinn Slashes $90 Million from Illinois Community Mental Health

(Springfield, IL) — March 10, 2010. The brunt of the $276 million cut from the Illinois Department of Human Services by Governor Pat Quinn in the new Illinois budget has fallen on Illinois’ community mental health system, losing $90 million. Quinn’s proposed budget eliminates non-Medicaid community-based services and significantly reduce capacity grants. The $90 million … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Pat Quinn Wants 1% Education Income Tax Surcharge: Dan Rutherford Wants to Hit “Reset Button” on Priorities

(Springfield, IL) — March 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a proposed Illinois budget that cuts $1.3 billion from local education, but also calls for a 1% education income tax surcharge to reverse the proposed cuts. In addition to the education cuts, Quinn proposed cutting another $1 billion, borrowing $4.7 billion, and deferring another … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Jim Edgar on Bill Brady’s Budget Proposal-”Naive”

(Chicago, IL) — March 10, 2010. Former Republican Governor Jim Edgar took a not-too-subtle swipe at GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady‘s 10% cut across-the-board proposal to fill the Illinois budget’s $12 billion hole, calling it “naive”. Ouch. During an interview with Chicago WBEZ radio, which Progress Illinois overhead, Edgar said: “I don’t agree with across-the-board. … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: House GOP Leader Tom Cross Gives Jobs, Budget Plan a Swift Kick in the Can

(Springfield, IL) — March 4, 2010. The Illinois budget is a game of kick-the-can for grown ups. In advance of Governor Pat Quinn’s budget address next week, House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) teamed-up with ultra-conservative Illinois Policy Institute President John Tillman to outline a familiar-looking agenda on jobs, spending, and accountability at a Springfield … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: State Senator Bill Brady Gets What He Wished For

(Springfield, IL) — March 4, 2010. The latest proposal from Democratic state senators to fix the budget looks a lot like an idea from the presumptive GOP gubernatorial candidate, State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). In a committee on Wednesday, state senators discussed a proposed 10 percent cut to some of the state’s most expensive programs, … Continue reading »

Illinois Pensions: State Sentor Pamela Althoff Says Illinois Pension Solution “Long-Term”

(Springfield, IL) — March 3, 2010. As Illinois lawmakers weigh how to fill in a budget deficit as deep as $12 billion, they may also consider changes to how retirement payments are made to state employees. For years the state has underfunded its public employee pension systems. Recent estimates have put the debt owed to … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: State Rep Mike Tyron Pushes Bill to Add Future Debt, Unpaid Bills to Budget

(Springfield, IL) – March 2, 2010. As Governor Pat Quinn prepares to unveil his solution to the state’s $13 billion budget deficit, one suburban Republican is working to change the state’s accounting practices. State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) wants lawmakers to account for future debt along with unpaid bills in any budget they pass. … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Illinois Owes Illinois School Districts $725 Million

(Springfield, IL) — February 22, 2010. The Illinois budget crisis monster is claiming another victim: local schools. From Amanda Reavy at the Springfield State Journal-Register: Illinois state government’s backlog of bills associated with kindergarten through 12th grade schools totals about $725 million, according to Carol Knowles, spokeswoman for Comptroller Dan Hynes. The backlog consists of … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: House Committee Backs Rep Don Moffitt Bill to Lower Fire Station Loan Repayments

(Chicago, IL) — February 19, 2010. Since cash has run dry in local governments and in Springfield, Illinois lawmakers are pushing all sorts of borrowing bills this year, for universities, community colleges, Medicaid, etc. In the latest borrowing scheme, the Illinois House Fire Protection Committee yesterday approved, 4-0, legislation, House Bill 4710, sponsored by State … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Christine Radogno Opposes Senator Donne Trotter’s $250 Million Medicaid Borrowing Plan

(Springfield, IL) — February 18, 2010.  A chief Senate budget expert is proposing more debt to cope with the state’s current $13 billion deficit. The measure sponsored by State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) would allow most state universities to borrow up to 75 percent of the amount owed to them by the state. The schools’ … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Illinois Human Services Move Over, Illinois School Districts are the Newest Victims of Illinois Budget Crisis

(Springfield, IL) – February 16, 2010. Move over Illinois human services, Illinois school districts are the next big thing in the Illinois budget cuts drama. Last year, Illinois budget cuts and budget pain fell disproportionately on human service programs, causing grief principally for Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans, but to a lesser degree. But that … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Illinois Responsible Budget Coaltion Aims to Bring 3,000 to Springfield Rally for Income Tax Increase Push

(Springfield, IL) – February 16, 2010. Here they come. Some 3,000 social service providers and clients, educators and students, faith leaders, seniors, consumer advocates, state and local government employees and others will descend on Springfield for rally in the state capitol on Wednesday, February 17. They are dressing up their call for an income tax … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Fiscal Crisis Strikes Senators Dan Duffy, Pam Althoff; Reps Mike Bost, Mike Smith, Others

(Springfield, IL) — February 11, 2010. Illinois’ deadbeat status is now reaching into politicians’ pockets, as lawmakers face “past due” bills for office rent, medical charges and other payments. Some lawmakers are facing up to $10,000 in late payments and it’s starting to take its toll. State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Barrington) said the state has … Continue reading »

Illinois Legislature: State Senator Larry Bomke, State Rep Pat Verschoore See No Hope for Governor Pat Quinn’s Income Tax Plan This Year

(Springfield, IL) — February 9, 2010. The primary is over, but the waiting is not for Illinois lawmakers. The Illinois House and Senate return to Springfield this week, and lawmakers have low expectations.  Many legislators say they doubt much of anything will happen during this legislative session. State Senator Larry Bomke (R-Springfield) said the state … Continue reading »

Advocates Back Governor Pat Quinn’s Short-Term Loan Plan to Pay Illinois Budget Bills, Dan Hynes Refuses to Budge Opposition

(Springfield, IL) — January 8, 2010. Pharmacies, nursing homes and other medical institutions that provide Medicaid services in Illinois are seeing an increase in wait time for payments from the state. In past years, 45 business days was the maximum time period a Medicaid provider had to wait for state reimbursement, but now it can … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: Gov Pat Quinn is Planning to Cut Illinois Budget by 14%

(Chicago, IL) — December 8, 2009. If Illinois residents who depend on state services were suffering insufficiently up until now due to earlier Illinois budget cuts, more suffering is on deck. Governor Pat Quinn‘s budget director, David Vaught, is directing state agencies to cut 14 percent from their budget. Gulp. The state has an estimated … Continue reading »

Illinois Budget: State Tax Revenue Drops $14.3 Billion Nationwide–Illinois 1 of 10 States with Double Digit Decline in Personal, Corporate, Sale Taxes

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2009. State tax revenues nationwide to continue to evaporate. Tax revenues dropped at least $14.3 billion nationwide in the most recent fiscal quarter, according to a study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. The Rockefeller Institute compiled data from states and it shows major tax sources were $119.7 … Continue reading »

Illinois Women in Drug, Alcohol Treatment Jump 41%; Young Girls up 53%

(Chicago, IL) – November 12, 2009. According to a new analysis of Illinois government data, the number of women receiving state-supported treatment for drug or alcohol addiction between 1995-2007 jumped 41%, compared to 21.7% for men. “The face of addiction is changing across Illinois—and it is increasingly a woman’s face,” said Sara Moscato Howe, CEO … Continue reading »

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