Heather Steans 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 Illinois General Assembly Moving Forward With New Budget http://wuis.org/post/illinois-general-assembly-moving-forward-new-budget <p>The Illinois Legislature is moving forward with a scaled-back budget lawmakers say will lead to layoffs and further delays in paying the state's bills.<br />&nbsp;<br />The House is expected to vote Tuesday on the approximately $35 billion spending<br />plan.<br />Lawmakers drafted the plan after House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his<br />chamber had given up on extending a temporary income tax increase. That will<br />result in a roughly $1.8 billion revenue drop next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski says the new budget plan ensures education Tue, 27 May 2014 19:03:03 +0000 Associated Press 26004 at http://wuis.org Illinois General Assembly Moving Forward With New Budget Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/plan-hasten-legalization-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gay and lesbian couples may not have to wait until June to marry in Illinois. A lawmaker is moving to accelerate when same-sex marriage becomes legal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already, same-sex couples are hurrying to take advantage of the marriage legislation approved on Tuesday. That very night, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Lake County Democrat who's openly gay, got engaged. "Well, we don't have a date yet, but I will certainly let you know when we do," he said.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12500 at http://wuis.org Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Law Expands Sex Ed Curriculum http://wuis.org/post/law-expands-sex-ed-curriculum <p>Students in Illinois public schools that teach sex education will now be taught about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases _ not just abstinence. &nbsp;<br>Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that requires schools to provide the information. It takes effect Jan. 1. &nbsp;<br>Sen. Heather Steans sponsored the bill. The Chicago Democrat says it's intended to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. &nbsp; Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:40:06 +0000 Sean Crawford 7430 at http://wuis.org Law Expands Sex Ed Curriculum