Illinois budget

Politics - Ill. budget
6:49 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Ill. lawmakers face complicated task as session enters last month

Ill. lawmakers have less than a month to pass a state budget "on time."
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Reporting from Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.

Like its counterpart in Missouri, the Illinois General Assembly is heading into the home stretch.

Lawmakers there have a bit more time to get through their agenda - their session isn't scheduled to end until the end of May. But unlike lawmakers in Missouri, Illinois legislators have a monumental task in front of them - passing a state budget.

Most state agencies will have their budget cut by 9 percent.

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Morning round-up
6:35 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, May 11, 2012

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Judge approves settlement in lawsuit over mental health care for the deaf

A federal judge has approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against two Missouri state agencies on behalf of more than a thousand deaf residents.

Plaintiffs in the 2010 lawsuit alleged that the state departments of Mental Health and Social Services failed to provide adequate mental health care for deaf persons in crisis.

The departments were sued under the  Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Illinois State Budget
2:47 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Illinois may let schools charge for bus service

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School buses might be the next victim of the Illinois budget crisis.

Education officials are considering a proposal to let schools stop offering free bus service. They could either get rid of the buses or charge for carrying students each day.

The change would be part of a new system for distributing state money for student transportation. The State Board of Education could introduce legislation this week.

The Illinois Association of School Boards says transportation spending has been slashed 42 percent since 2010.

Illinois State Budget
1:18 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Widespread spending cut plan approved by Ill. House

The Illinois State Capitol.
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Updated 1:56 p.m. with correction from The Associated Press on Medicaid percentage. 

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.

The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent (percentage earlier read 25 percent, has been corrected). Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.

The House approved it 91-16 on Thursday. Now it goes to the state Senate.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rotunda, Missouri State Capital
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Mo. Senate preparing to send workplace discrimination bill to Nixon today

The Missouri Senate is preparing today to pass the House version of the workplace discrimination bill and send it to Governor Jay Nixon. 

Senate Democrats, however, voiced their opposition Wednesday by blocking the bill for nearly five hours. 

The filibuster was led by Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County. 

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Illinois State Budget
12:58 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Quinn plans to cut Ill. state budget to 2008 levels

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Updated 2:39 p.m. with report from WBEZ's Alex Keefe.

State worker pensions and Medicaid funding could be on the chopping block when Illinois' governor outlines his budget proposal this week.

Governor Pat Quinn says the budget plan he'll unveil Wednesday will bring state spending back down to where it was in 2008.

But he says the seed of the state's current fiscal mess was planted even earlier - by his predecessors.

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Illinois budget
4:50 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Gov. Quinn will again propose state facility closures to balance Illinois budget

Ill. gov. Pat Quinn's proposed 2013 budget is expected to include "quite a few" building closures.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll propose closing "quite a few" Illinois state facilities in his budget address next week.

Quinn, a Democrat, did not give the Associated Press any specifics about the closures, saying details will come during his budget address next Wednesday.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, November 18, 2011

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Services set for Tyler Dasher

Services are set for early next week for a 13-month-old suburban St. Louis boy who authorities say was fatally beaten by his mother.

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SIUC strikes
9:49 am
Fri October 21, 2011

SIUC faculty set strike date

The James W. Neckers building on the SIUC campus.
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Reporting by WSIU's Jennifer Fuller was used in this report.

The union representing tenured and tenure-track employees at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has set a strike date.

The SIUC Faculty Association says its members will walk off the job on Nov. 3 if they cannot reach an agreement with the university on a new contract. The last contract expired in June 2010.

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Illinois State Workers
10:59 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Arbitrator rejects Quinn's layoff, closure plan

An arbitrator has ordered Gov. Pat Quinn to cancel his plan to lay off state employees and close several prisons and mental facilities.

Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled Monday that Quinn's plan would violate his agreement with a major union. The Democratic governor signed a deal last year that promised no layoffs or closures if the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to various cost-cutting measures.

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