Illinois budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legislature-passes-wait-and-see-budget <p>No one says the $35.7 billion 2015 budget approved by the Illinois Legislature late last week is balanced. <a href="http://www.bnd.com/2014/05/30/3232802/tax-increase-in-the-fall-senate.html" target="_blank">As the Belleville News Democrat reported</a>, “Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as ‘incomplete’ but the best lawmakers could do this session. Sat, 31 May 2014 18:26:45 +0000 Donna Korando 36626 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget Ill. Legislators Expected To Begin Unveiling Budget Proposals This Week http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislators-expected-begin-unveiling-budget-proposals-week <p>Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget, even more are ahead.&nbsp; Legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending.</p><p>"Human services" is a legislative phrase that covers many departments and services, according to Representative Greg Harris.</p><p>"All the state departments&nbsp; dealing with health care, senior services, children services, so the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Medicaid, human services, mental health, substance abuse, Department of Aging, DCFS, public health and veterans," said Harris.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 14:49:53 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 26547 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Legislators Expected To Begin Unveiling Budget Proposals This Week Quinn Proposes $400M Education Cut, Pension System Payouts In Budget Address http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-proposes-400m-education-cut-pension-system-payouts-budget-address <p></p><p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.</em></p><p>In his annual budget address today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laid the blame on the General Assembly for forcing him to cut spending on schools and other key state priorities. Quinn says the cost of pensions is "squeezing" Illinois' finances, to the point that he's calling for a $400 million hit to education.<br><br>(<em>Read <a href="http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Documents/Budget%20Book/FY%202014/FY14%20Budget%20Address.pdf">the full text</a> of the governor's prepared remarks</em>)&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 23:22:23 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 9956 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Proposes $400M Education Cut, Pension System Payouts In Budget Address Ill. Auditor: state budget deficit 'easily' worst in the nation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-auditor-state-budget-deficit-easily-worst-nation <p>The Illinois budget news just keeps getting worse.</p><p>The auditor general says the overall state budget deficit passed the $43 billion mark last year.</p><p>Five years earlier, the deficit was less than $19 billion.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:13:49 +0000 The Associated Press 3959 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Auditor: state budget deficit 'easily' worst in the nation Morning headlines - Monday, June 18 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-june-18-2012 <p><strong>Guards charged with assault for inmate fight</strong></p><p>Two guards at the medium security jail in St. Louis City are facing burglary and assault charges for allegedly arranging to have one inmate at the workhouse beat up another.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:23:43 +0000 The Associated Press, Tim Lloyd & Illinois Public Radio 3931 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Monday, June 18 2012 Surprise move by House Speaker Madigan could clear way for pension overhaul http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/surprise-move-house-speaker-madigan-could-clear-way-pension-overhaul <p><em>Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.</em></p><p>Illinois lawmakers will take a shot today at passing a massive overhaul of the state&#39;s pension system.</p><p>It&#39;s a move permitted by a surprise decision last night by House Speaker Michael Madigan, who handed control of the measure over to the top Republican in the House, Tom Cross.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:52:00 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 3817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Surprise move by House Speaker Madigan could clear way for pension overhaul Ill. House committee approves pension changes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-house-committee-approves-pension-changes <p><em>Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield.</em></p><p>An Illinois state House committee has approved sweeping changes to public employee pensions.</p><p>It&#39;s one of Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s priorities for the legislative session that ends on Thursday.</p><p>Current and retired state and university employees, and public school teachers would face a difficult choice; keep their health care in retirement and have future pay raises count toward their pensions, but a smaller cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), or keep the current 3 percent compounding COLA but lose health care.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 17:17:18 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 3800 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. House committee approves pension changes Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-may-29-2012 <p><strong>Out-migration is costing St. Louis County money</strong></p><p>More people are moving out of St. Louis County than moving in &ndash; and they&rsquo;re taking money with them.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-county-losing-people-resident-income/article_94d9d3e5-1086-559a-b8e2-4bcbde756325.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> cites Internal Revenue Service figures that show those who left the county between 2001 and 2010 earned on average $8,000 more than those who moved in. And about 52,000 more people left the county than moved in.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 12:27:09 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3797 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Morning headlines - Monday, May 28, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-may-28-2012 <p><strong>Todd Epsten dies; former president of the Board of Police Commissioners was chair of the state&#39;s largest liquor distributor</strong></p><p>The former head of the appointed board that oversees the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has died.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/todd-epsten-dies-was-on-police-board-and-headed-major/article_a7db3cb6-6bd8-51a5-b5a7-2dc43fbdd931.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that Todd Epsten, who was the chairman of liquor distributor Major Brands, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 52.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 11:18:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3793 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Monday, May 28, 2012 Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-may-22-2012 <p><strong>St. Louis police express concerns with cameras in patrol cars</strong></p><p>Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are seeking ways to avoid driving patrol cars equipped with cameras over concerns that footage from the cameras is being used against them.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 13:20:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3758 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 22, 2012