Illinois budget

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

Tyler Dasher
(via Facebook)

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.
(via Southern Illinois University-Carbondale)

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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Illinois State Budget
11:28 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Report: Illinois could be short $8.3B this year

The interior of the dome of the Illinois Capitol building.
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A new report says Illinois remains in deep budget trouble.

The government watchdog group the Civic Federation says in a Monday report that Illinois could be $8.3 billion in the red when the fiscal year ends next June.

The news comes despite a significant boost in the state income tax rate.

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.

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Illinois State Workers
12:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Judge rules against Ill. union on canceled raises for state workers

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A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over website, such as Facebook.
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Mo. Senate to consider new measure repealing teacher social media restrictions

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law.

The action comes after  a Mo. judge issued an order in September blocking the new law from taking effect, citing concerns that it could violate free speech rights.

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Illinois State Workers
3:43 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Quinn continues to defend budget without raises

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Flickr/ChrisEaves.com)

Gov. Pat Quinn is defending signing a budget that state officials say didn't fully fund 12 of 14 agencies even before the Chicago Democrat canceled raises for thousands of state workers.

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Ill. pay raises
11:39 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn ordered to start paying raises to state workers

An arbitrator has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn must give union employees the 2 percent raise included in their contract.
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Updated 1:21 with story from WBEZ.

Reporting from WBEZ's Sam Hudzik used in this report.

A victory today for a public employee union in Illinois.

An arbitrator says Governor Pat Quinn cannot cancel pay raises promised to state workers, but the issue is far from settled.

(Here's a link to the full text of the decision from the arbitrator)

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