Dale Righter http://wuis.org en Interfund Borrowing No One's First Choice For Budgeting http://wuis.org/post/interfund-borrowing-no-ones-first-choice-budgeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly does not rely on extending the 2011 income tax hike, as originally planned by Democratic leadership. Instead, it's based on state government borrowing from itself.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Instead of making the five percent income tax rate permanent or chopping away at government programs, lawmakers opted to fill a massive hole in state revenues by doing something called "</span>interfund<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> borrowing."</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:10:53 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26392 at http://wuis.org Interfund Borrowing No One's First Choice For Budgeting Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/senate-approves-school-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Illinois Senate has passed a plan to overhaul the way schools are funded. But the proposal has a long way to go before becoming law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After months of negotiations and with just four days left on the General Assembly's spring calendar, the measure was deemed "ready for primetime." The plan would direct state funding to more impoverished schools and divert funding from schools in wealthier areas.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:33:02 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26052 at http://wuis.org Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul Quinn Tax Hike Plan Sets Stage For Governor's Race http://wuis.org/post/quinn-tax-hike-plan-sets-stage-governors-race <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:23 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21716 at http://wuis.org Quinn Tax Hike Plan Sets Stage For Governor's Race Lawmakers Aim To Ease Propane Cost In Cold Winter http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-aim-ease-propane-cost-cold-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The polar vortex returned to the Midwest this week, with frigid temperatures making it difficult for Illinoisans to keep their houses warm. Winter has been especially harsh for people who heat with propane, which has seen a near four-fold price increase in the wake of a regional shortage.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Dale Righter (</span>R-Mattoon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) says the cost of propane is forcing families to make difficult decisions.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:49:16 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17849 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Aim To Ease Propane Cost In Cold Winter Public vs. Private Job To Scrub State Medicaid Rolls http://wuis.org/post/public-vs-private-job-scrub-state-medicaid-rolls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are on hold, as Illinois and its largest public employees' union fight over who should actually do the scrubbing. The state says it will appeal a ruling that says it has to cancel its $77 million dollar contract with an outside firm.</p><p>Big changes are ahead for Medicaid, the state's health insurance program for the poor. Hundreds of thousands of residents are expected to be added to the rolls under the federal health care law.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:49:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9072 at http://wuis.org Public vs. Private Job To Scrub State Medicaid Rolls Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal http://wuis.org/post/senate-weighing-tight-concealed-carry-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would pave the way for concealed-carry of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">firearms in Illinois. But gun-rights advocates say it's too restrictive, and the measure faces an uphill climb.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:44:01 +0000 Brian Mackey 2800 at http://wuis.org Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal