Illinois budget

Illinois State Workers
2:37 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Union asks arbitrator to decide on canceled raises for Ill. state workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A major state employee union has asked an arbitrator to decide whether Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel scheduled raises for thousands of workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought the ruling Thursday. Quinn announced last week he was canceling the $75 million in raises to help deal with the state's budget crisis.

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Illinois State Workers
3:10 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Quinn: Ready for court battle over canceled raises for Ill. state workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready to go to court over canceling pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers.

Quinn defended his decision to deny the raises by blaming the General Assembly for not appropriating the necessary money. He said Tuesday the state can't provide the increase unless lawmakers set aside enough money.

The raises are required under state government's union contracts.

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Illinois State Workers
1:19 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn tries to skip $77 million in raises

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol building.
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Updated 1:39 p.m. and again at 3:27 p.m. with information about union.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.

The administration notified 14 state agencies and the affected unions that the 2 percent raises won't be paid as required by contract.

Quinn's office said Friday that lawmakers did not provide enough money in the new budget to cover raises for nearly 30,000 employees.

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Illinois State Budget
9:51 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn signs new Ill. state budget, makes changes first

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report. 

Mere hours before the start of a new fiscal year, Ill. Governor Pat Quinn signed a new state budget into law. But not without making some changes to it.

Immediately after legislators sent Quinn a budget, he panned it for not spending enough - especially when it comes to education.

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Morning round-up
9:37 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 30, 2011

A federal judge has ruled that Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner can be forcibly medicated.
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Loughner can be forcibly medicated

A federal judge has ruled that prison officials can forcibly medicate Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner with anti-psychotic drugs.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns says he did not want to second guess doctors at a federal prison in Springfield, Mo. Burns issued the decision yesterday after Loughner's attorneys filed an emergency request to prevent any forced medication of their client.

Defense attorneys said Loughner had been forcibly medicated since June 21. 

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Illinois State Capitol
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Ill. General Assembly Approves Budget

Schools are traditionally an area Illinois legislators have left untouched when they're looking to cut spending. But the budget the General Assembly approved Monday night gives 3 percent less to education for the coming year that begins in July.

Overall cuts are wide ranging and total $2.3 billion less than what Gov. Pat Quinn proposed  in Feb. That was enough for Republicans in the House, but the Senate GOP says it's still too rich.

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Illinois State Budget
12:24 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Ill. budget woes mean long waits for tax refunds

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Illinois businesses waiting for long-overdue tax refunds aren't getting any good news from the state capitol.

Illinois owes about $850 million to roughly 36,000 businesses that overpaid their income taxes. Some have been waiting since 2008 to get their money.

Gov. Pat Quinn proposed borrowing money to pay the refunds, but legislators have shown little interest in that idea.

Budget proposals being considered by Democratic lawmakers would do little to chip away at the backlog.

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Illinois State Budget
1:38 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Ill. lawmakers OK big piece of state budget

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Illinois lawmakers have set aside billions of dollars to pay state obligations as part of what Democrats call a more responsible approach to the budget.

The state Senate sent the governor legislation that devotes nearly $8 billion to paying off debt and making pension payments.

Senate President John Cullerton said Friday the goal is to make sure the state doesn't duck these obligations or pay them with borrowed money.

Illinois State Budget
4:00 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Quinn's proposed budget virtually ignored in Ill. House bipartisan plan

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget is virtually ignored in the Illinois House leaders' bipartisan plan.

Saving money by consolidating school districts and revisions to the tax code.  These were highlights of the governor's budget plan.

But they may be doomed.  Speaker Mike Madigan dismissed them.

"I have no comment on them, I just don't plan to pursue them," Madigan said.

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Illinois
3:39 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Quinn waited to sign state budgeting law, timing draws criticism

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, left, at his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

A new Illinois law is supposed to clamp down on state government's habit of overspending. But, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn waited until after his budget presentation to sign it.

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