Carol Sente en 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 House Democrats Pass Spending Plan (Barely) A Possible Six-Month Budget From Gov. Quinn? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>More than a month after he was supposed to outline his financial agenda for the state, Governor Pat Quinn will deliver his budget address this week. He has promised to give a long-term plan as well. But some legislators fear Illinois will go the opposite route and adopt a partial-year budget.</p><p></p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:11:21 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21662 at A Possible Six-Month Budget From Gov. Quinn?