Illinois Legislature

Illinois Legislature
7:13 am
Mon June 2, 2014

General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone

House Speaker Michael Madigan addresses his colleagues at the close of the Illinois General Assembly's spring session.

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 2:45 am

The General Assembly finished its legislative session shortly after midnight Saturday, approving a billion-dollar road construction program.

Democrats started the session with an ambitious agenda: raise the minimum wage, boost college assistance for low-income students, maybe even change Illinois' flat tax into a graduated one. In the end, none of that happened.

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Illinois Legislature
7:12 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Interfund Borrowing No One's First Choice For Budgeting

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 10:48 am

  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.

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 "interfund borrowing."

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Illinois Legislature
7:28 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Cullerton, Madigan Come To Budget Agreement, Will Revisit Revenue After Election

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:43 pm

  Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he's come to an agreement on state spending with the speaker of the Illinois House. But Cullerton is leaving the door open for an income tax hike after the November election.

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Illinois Legislature
7:28 am
Thu May 29, 2014

House Votes To Undo Medicaid Cuts On Adult Dental, Podiatry

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 2:34 pm

The Illinois House has voted to undo a series of cuts in the state's program of health care for the poor. Backers of the change say the cuts have come with a significant cost.

 Two years ago, Democrats and Republicans agreed to massive reductions in the Medicaid program, with savings estimated at greater than $2 billion. Now Democrats say some of those cuts are costing more than they're worth.

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Education
6:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:33 am

  The Illinois Senate has passed a plan to overhaul the way schools are funded. But the proposal has a long way to go before becoming law.

After months of negotiations and with just four days left on the General Assembly's spring calendar, the measure was deemed "ready for primetime." The plan would direct state funding to more impoverished schools and divert funding from schools in wealthier areas.

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