Illinois General Assembly en Superintendent Says Lawmakers Not Up-Front on Cuts <p>Schuyler-Industry School Superintendent&nbsp; Mat Plater says lawmakers have not been up-front with some of the cuts made to education funding. Schools are getting less money even though the budget line for General State Aid has not changed.<br /><br />He says, &ldquo;They found a quieter, more politically-correct way to reduce that. You don&#39;t hear anybody talking about reducing the foundation level anymore. They&#39;re just not appropriating enough dollars to pay at that level so it automatically gets reduced.&rdquo;<br /> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:26:56 +0000 James Lenz 19616 at Superintendent Says Lawmakers Not Up-Front on Cuts Crunch Time for Illinois Lawmakers <p>Illinois lawmakers are heading into the home stretch of their 2012 session. But they still need to approve a budget before they can adjourn.</p><p>They&#39;ve been working for months to try figuring out how&nbsp; they can cut two of the state&#39;s biggest expenses:&nbsp; pensions&nbsp; and Medicaid.</p><p>Some lawmakers are not pleased with the pace.</p><p>&quot;Well, why would you be concerned? We&#39;ve got two and a half weeks left.&nbsp; We&#39;ve got all the time in the world to fix our problems here in the state of Illinois,&rdquo; remarked Representative Joe Lyons (D-Chicago).</p> Sun, 13 May 2012 20:35:35 +0000 Rich Egger 15014 at Crunch Time for Illinois Lawmakers