Study after study these past few months have demonstrated the global
economic crisis' devastating impact on state budgets. It's no secret
why. Just as demand for government-backed safety-net services is
growing, tax revenues are plummeting across the board. And Illinois is ...
That's how Capitol Fax's Rich Miller describes the respective budget maneuvers exhibited by House Speaker Michael Madigan and House Minority Leader Tom Cross this past spring. Pivoting off of Steve Huntley's Sun-Times column on Cross, Miller provides the most concise ...
Once Attorney General Lisa Madigan made her electoral plans
official, it didn't take long for State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) to jump into the 2010 gubernatorial race. In a recent interview with Rockford Register Star columnist Chuck Sweeny, Dillard touts his ...
When the General Assembly agreed to balance this year's budget by
racking up billions in new debt and pushing off billions more in overdue
bills, there was no denying that the budget next year would include a massive hole. But how big would it be?
Voices For ...
He hasn't officially entered the race yet, but Democratic sources have all but assured that
state Comptroller Dan Hynes will enter the party's gubernatorial
primary within a matter of days. Gov. Pat Quinn didn't waste any time
getting in the first dig at his new challenger...
More than three weeks into the new fiscal year, nonprofits are still
playing the waiting game. The decision on their funding levels for FY
2010 rests with Gov. Pat Quinn, all thanks to a stopgap budget passed
by the General Assembly last week that requires him to free up ...
The big topic in Washington these days is how best to pay for health
care reform. Aside from extending health insurance to every American
who wants it, the entire point of the Obama administration's reform
effort is to make the system more efficient. That way, Americans ...
days after the Illinois Senate Democrats passed House Bill 174, a tax
reform measure to balance the state budget, the General Assembly left
Springfield without the budget we hoped for. In fear of a government
shutdown and with no consensus on revenue ...