John Sullivan en Tradition of State of the State <p>Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances.&nbsp; Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month.&nbsp; This got me wondering: why not have just one speech?</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:15:07 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18034 at Tradition of State of the State On 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