budget http://wuis.org en Illinois To Require Bulletproof Vests http://wuis.org/post/illinois-require-bulletproof-vests <p>A new law signed Wednesday is intended to keep police officers safe, by requiring they get protective gear.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bulletproof vest will become part of an officers' standard equipment issue. Contingent on money, of course.</span></p><p>The new law includes provisions to help ensure there is funding.</p><p>It law requires communities and the state apply for a federal grant, that provides matching funds specifically for the purchase of bullet proof vests.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29436 at http://wuis.org Illinois To Require Bulletproof Vests Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary http://wuis.org/post/bill-backlog-improvement-could-be-temporary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The amount of money Illinois owes to companies and organizations that have provided goods and services for the state is at its lowest level since 2010, but that improvement could be short-lived.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At one point, Illinois had a stack of overdue bills totaling about $10 billion.</span></p><p>It took so long for the state to pay back its vendors that some were forced to close their doors - they couldn't pay their bills.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:12:48 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29285 at http://wuis.org Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action http://wuis.org/post/deadline-quinn-take-budget-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's the last day of the fiscal year for the State of Illinois, which means the pressure is on for Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a new budget into law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's nothing on the governor's public schedule for today, but that doesn't mean he won't be busy making official the spending plan passed by his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:50:03 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28310 at http://wuis.org Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action House Democrats Pass Spending Plan (Barely) http://wuis.org/post/house-democrats-pass-spending-plan-barely <p>How much you'll pay in state taxes next year remains an open question, even as the Illinois House Thursday approved dozens of spending bills, that rely on a permanently higher tax rate. It sets the stage for a budget battle, just weeks before legislators are set to adjourn for the summer.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House convened at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, and spent most of a very long day on the budget. Lawmakers began with a debate on funding Illinois' public education system, giving schools a slight increase over this year.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 10:56:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25235 at http://wuis.org House Democrats Pass Spending Plan (Barely) House Budget Plan Could Help Save SIU Student Paper http://wuis.org/post/house-budget-plan-could-help-save-siu-student-paper <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Southern Illinois University Carbondale's financially-struggling student newspaper would get an infusion of cash under newly introduced legislation.</p><p>A spending measure filed in the Illinois House would give The Daily Eqyptian 70-thousand dollars.</p><p>The paper had asked for a nine-dollar-per-semester student fee, but the SIU Board of Trustees has not given approval.</p><p>The Daily Egyptian's faculty adviser, Eric Fidler says he's still hopeful that will happen this summer. But he says the 70 thousand dollars would be a buffer.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25062 at http://wuis.org House Budget Plan Could Help Save SIU Student Paper State Budget: "It's All In Such A State Of Flux" http://wuis.org/post/state-budget-its-all-such-state-flux <p>After a weekend break, Senators will return to Springfield this afternoon, as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31 adjournment.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the November election.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 10:02:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24918 at http://wuis.org State Budget: "It's All In Such A State Of Flux" Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-business-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The two men dueling to be Illinois' next governor tried Thursday to win over business leaders with their plans for the state's finances. They both made appearances before a joint meeting of Illinois' retailers and manufacturers in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn got a standing ovation as he took the stage, but the response after that was lukewarm.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:47:59 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24645 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget Still Waiting For Comprehensive Budget Plan From Rauner http://wuis.org/post/still-waiting-comprehensive-budget-plan-rauner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two men vying for governor disagree on a lot of issues, most notably what to do about Illinois' budget. Still, it's hard to compare the two, because one plan doesn't seem to exist.</span></p><p></p><p>It was nearly a month ago, at an event for Sangamon County Republicans that the party's nominee, Bruce Rauner, said "we'll be coming out with a comprehensive plan, that will be recommending about what we should change in our regulations and in our tax code and in our spending structure, in the, in … relatively near future."</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24331 at http://wuis.org Still Waiting For Comprehensive Budget Plan From Rauner 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 Senators Spar On Budget Estimates http://wuis.org/post/senators-spar-budget-estimates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois legislature's discussions over state spending are getting heated. On Friday, Lawmakers heard from agencies facing massive budget cuts.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eight agency heads told Senators how painful it'd be to cut 20 percent from their operations. That figure is based on a projected billion-dollar shortfall next year, when the temporary income tax hike begins to sunset.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:47:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21381 at http://wuis.org Senators Spar On Budget Estimates Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy http://wuis.org/post/republican-opponents-treasurer-differ-budget-strategy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When state treasurer Dan Rutherford announced a run for governor, the Republican left his seat wide open. Two GOP candidates are vying for that party’s nomination on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former House minority leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) left his position in the fall to run for treasurer. He's promising to use a new tool to force a balanced budget: The threat of suing the General Assembly and the governor.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21068 at http://wuis.org Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy Across The Board Budget Cutting Is Not So Simple http://wuis.org/post/across-board-budget-cutting-not-so-simple <p>When politicians talk about budgets, someone invariably brings up the idea of across the board spending cuts.&nbsp;&nbsp; It's easy to understand.&nbsp; it also plays into an inherent fear of big government.</p><p>WUIS'&nbsp; Sean Crawford talked with Chris Mooney, the Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mooney wrote about the topic as part of a new project called the <a href="http://igpa.uillinois.edu/node/1939">Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox.&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 19881 at http://wuis.org Across The Board Budget Cutting Is Not So Simple Springfield Approves Budget, Creates New Position http://wuis.org/post/springfield-approves-budget-creates-new-position <div style="direction:ltr; font-family:Tahoma; color:#000000; font-size:10pt"><div><div><p>The city of Springfield approved a nearly 600 million dollar budget Wednesday for the new fiscal year.</p><p>New to the budget this year is an inspector general position, which officials set aside 79 thousand dollars to fund.&nbsp;</p><p>Council member Cory Jobe before making the position permanent, they will look at results from the first year.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:37:35 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19815 at http://wuis.org Springfield Approves Budget, Creates New Position House Sets Spending Cap — Down $1b From Last Year http://wuis.org/post/house-sets-spending-cap-down-1b-last-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House took a key first step in the state budgeting process Tuesday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It adopted what's called a "revenue estimate" — how much money Illinois is expected to be able to spend in the next fiscal year.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:07:20 +0000 Brian Mackey 19702 at http://wuis.org House Sets Spending Cap — Down $1b From Last Year Cullerton Prods GOP Over 'Secret Plan' On Budget http://wuis.org/post/cullerton-prods-gop-over-secret-plan-budget <p>The top Democrat in the Illinois Senate on Monday went on the offensive over state spending. Senate President John Cullerton is calling out the Republicans running for governor.</p><p>Cullerton laid out the hits expected in next year's budget, including the roll back of the income tax hike and mandatory spending increases on things like personnel and healthcare for the poor. Add it up, Cullerton says, and it's a nearly $3 billion hole.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:21:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 19170 at http://wuis.org Cullerton Prods GOP Over 'Secret Plan' On Budget Budget Gap To Increase Despite Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/budget-gap-increase-despite-pension-overhaul <p>Illinois' pension overhaul is tied up in a court challenge.&nbsp; But even if it remains law, cuts to state employees' and public school teachers' retirement benefits will not solve the state's budget problem.&nbsp; That's the forecast from a report issued today by the University of Illinois' Institute for Government and Public Affairs. Amanda Vinicky spoke with the report's principle author, economist Richard Dye.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17328 at http://wuis.org Budget Gap To Increase Despite Pension Overhaul Students Lacking Immunizations Out Of School For 3 Weeks & Counting http://wuis.org/post/students-lacking-immunizations-out-school-3-weeks-counting <p>About five hundred Springfield students were forced out of the public schools last month for failing to have required physicals and immunizations. The number has since dropped to 87 kids missing classes. The deadline was October 15th. School board member Mike Zimmers says the policy should be changed for next year to have the deadline before school gets underway.</p><p>"Parents just need to plan, you know when they start thinking about ... we need to get school clothes or school supplies -- in your mindset just think, we need to get physicals, we need to get shots,” said Zimmers.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:09:03 +0000 Rachel Otwell 12403 at http://wuis.org Students Lacking Immunizations Out Of School For 3 Weeks & Counting Report: Deficit Expected Even If Tax Hike Stays http://wuis.org/post/report-deficit-expected-even-if-tax-hike-stays <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even if Illinois keeps its higher income tax rate, a new report projects the state is headed toward deficit spending.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois residents are paying a 5-percent tax on their income. It's been that way since 2011.</span></p><p>According to a new report from the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs, that tax money helped balance Illinois' budget this year.</p><p>But economist David Merriman, who directed the project, says that won't last.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:30:37 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11953 at http://wuis.org Report: Deficit Expected Even If Tax Hike Stays Two Years In, 'Budgeting For Results' Still Ramping Up http://wuis.org/post/two-years-budgeting-results-still-ramping <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Illinois government panel trying to help the state set spending priorities is already at work on next year's budget. But after two years, the group is still waiting for the chance to make its mark on spending.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea behind Budgeting for Results is to focus state spending on agencies and programs that meet a list of seven priorities, like education or public </span>safety<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 7249 at http://wuis.org Two Years In, 'Budgeting For Results' Still Ramping Up Governor Says Lawmakers Let Down Taxpayers http://wuis.org/post/governor-says-lawmakers-let-down-taxpayers <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul bill have let down Illinois taxpayers. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat set Tuesday as a deadline for a bipartisan pension panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline arbitrary and irresponsible. &nbsp;<br>Quinn says there'll be consequences for lawmakers. He's declined to say exactly what he'd do. &nbsp; Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:24:18 +0000 Sean Crawford 5487 at http://wuis.org Governor Says Lawmakers Let Down Taxpayers Despite Level Funding, Quinn Says Pensions Still Squeezing Schools http://wuis.org/post/despite-level-funding-quinn-says-pensions-still-squeezing-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After years of state budget cuts, Illinois schools will get roughly level funding under legislation signed into law Thursday. But Governor Pat Quinn says it's still not enough.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, Quinn said Illinois' budget problems meant the state had to reduce school spending. But lawmakers decided not to cut the education budget, in part because Illinois collected more taxes in April than it anticipated.</span></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:28:21 +0000 Brian Mackey 4918 at http://wuis.org Despite Level Funding, Quinn Says Pensions Still Squeezing Schools On Schools Budget, Republicans Say Not Enough http://wuis.org/post/schools-budget-republicans-say-not-enough <p>Another key component of the Illinois state budget moved through the General Assembly on Wednesday. The Democrats' spending plan prevents what could have been steep cuts for schools, but Republicans say students outside Chicago are getting shortchanged.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democrats are approving mostly level funding for elementary and high schools in Illinois. That's significant because education spending, like most areas of the state budget, has been cut in recent years. And Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal said even deeper cuts would be necessary.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3459 at http://wuis.org Democrats Advance Kinder Budget http://wuis.org/post/democrats-advance-kinder-budget <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">The bulk of a new state budget passed out of the Illinois House Tuesday, and now heads to the Senate. It's far less harsh than lawmakers had been predicting at the start of the legislative session.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3389 at http://wuis.org Legislators' Budget Plans Expected To Cut Deeper Than Quinn's http://wuis.org/post/legislators-budget-plans-expected-cut-deeper-quinns <p></p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">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 style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:40:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2913 at http://wuis.org Legislators' Budget Plans Expected To Cut Deeper Than Quinn's