Illinois State Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Quinn changes mind on closing transition centers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-changes-mind-closing-transition-centers <p>Illinois officials say Gov. Pat Quinn has decided three state facilities helping former prison inmates transition into society will remain open, a reversal of plans to close them because of budget constraints.<br />&nbsp;<br />Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Stacey Solano said Monday the governor plans to keep the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center open. Kelly Kraft of Quinn&#39;s budget office also said the Peoria and Chicago&#39;s North Lawndale adult transition centers were also saved.<br /> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 03:22:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4036 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn changes mind on closing transition centers Quinn defends plan to close super-max prison in southern Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-defends-plan-close-super-max-prison-southern-ill <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;q=tamms+state+prison&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=tamms+state+prison&amp;cid=0,0,1340856994142960306&amp;t=h&amp;ll=37.28935,-89.254303&amp;spn=0.0956,0.145912&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=A&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;q=tamms+state+prison&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=tamms+state+prison&amp;cid=0,0,1340856994142960306&amp;t=h&amp;ll=37.28935,-89.254303&amp;spn=0.0956,0.145912&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=A&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small><p><em>Reporting from WBEZ&#39;s Alex Keefe used in this report.</em></p><p>Governor Pat Quinn is defending his <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gov-quinn-give-address-toughest-budget-weve-ever-faced">plan to close a super-maximum security prison</a> in southern Illinois.</p><p>The governor&#39;s office says closing Tamms prison would save the state nearly $22 million next year. Quinn says it costs more than 64,000 per year to lock up a prisoner there - about three times the statewide average.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:40:51 +0000 WBEZ & Bill Raack 3167 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Gov. Quinn to give address on "toughest budget we've ever faced" http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gov-quinn-give-address-toughest-budget-weve-ever-faced <p>Even though the recession is over and Illinois&#39; budget is padded with last year&#39;s income tax hike, money is still tight in state government. This puts Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in a difficult position as he lays out his budget for the next year.</p><p>The Governor will give his budget address today at noon at the Illinois Capitol and it will be full of gloom. &nbsp;And he is not even wading into the thick of the fiscal mess. &nbsp;Illinois Public Radio&rsquo;s Amanda Vinicky explains.</p><p><strong>&ldquo;The toughest budget we&rsquo;ve ever faced.&rdquo;</strong></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:26:48 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 3123 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Gov. Quinn to give address on "toughest budget we've ever faced" Quinn budget plan would close 14 state facilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-budget-plan-would-close-14-state-facilities <p>Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s proposed Illinois&nbsp;budget calls for closing 14 state facilities, including eight run&nbsp;by the Corrections Department.</p><p>A person who has seen the budget proposal told The Associated&nbsp;Press on Tuesday it would close four facilities run by the Human&nbsp;Services Department and two run by Juvenile Justice, as well as the&nbsp;eight Corrections Department facilities. The targeted Corrections&nbsp;facilities won&#39;t all be prisons.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:17:15 +0000 The Associated Press 3112 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn budget plan would close 14 state facilities Report: Illinois could be short $8.3B this year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-illinois-could-be-short-83b-year <p>A new report says Illinois remains in deep budget trouble.</p><p>The government watchdog group the <a href="http://www.civicfed.org/about-us">Civic Federation</a> says in a Monday report that Illinois could be $8.3 billion in the red when the fiscal year ends next June.</p><p>The news comes despite a significant boost in the state income tax rate.</p><p>The $8.3 billion includes $5.5 billion in unpaid bills and another $2.8 billion from a payment backlog for Medicaid, employee health insurance bills and business tax refunds.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:28:56 +0000 The Associated Press 2119 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Illinois could be short $8.3B this year