First graders at Altamont Grade School.
Altamont School District
April 25, 2016

Altamont School Supt. Says State Must Come Up With School Funding

The school district serving the small town of Altamont in Effingham County is holding a public meeting Monday evening, to let people know of what could happen if the governor and state lawmakers fail to agree on a budget before the next school year.

In this Nov. 20, 2015 photo, University of Illinois students walk across the Main Quad on campus in Urbana.
David Mercer/Associated Press
April 20, 2016

U Of I Memo Makes Plans For Possible Layoffs

A memo obtained by Illinois Public Media from the U of I's Associated Provost for Human Resources indicates that some jobs on the Urbana campus, including some in Civil Service, could be cut, effective at the start of the fall semester.  The president of AFSCME Local 3700 questions why she wasn't informed of these plans. She says union members are 'scared.'

Supporters of education funding rally in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Springfield, Il. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released figures breaking down how much each Illinois school district would receive next ye
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 12, 2016

CPS Head, Legislator, Blast Governor’s School Funding Plan

Lawmakers got a look at Governor Bruce Rauner's school funding proposal Tuesday.  Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) and Forrest Claypool, the head of Chicago Public Schools says the plan is a continuation of a "reverse Robin Hood'' education policy where rich districts get more and poor districts get less.

In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, attends a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 11, 2016

Madigan Introduces Education Funding Amendment

The Democratic House Speaker's legislation states that education is a fundamental "right'' - as opposed to "goal'' - and that the state has the "preponderant financial responsibility'' for funding schools.   If approved, the amendment would appear on ballots in November.

Illinois Capitol
April 11, 2016

Lawmakers Frustrated By State Budget Impasse Meet Privately

Rank-and-file Illinois lawmakers frustrated by the 10-month state budget impasse are meeting on their own in bipartisan groups to discuss potential solutions.  Some met Monday at a forum in Chicago hosted by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Gov. Bruce Rauner meets with other state and local officials when surveying flood damage in Villa Grove January 3.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 08, 2016

Rauner Appeals Federal Denial Of Disaster Funds

Gov. Bruce Rauner is appealing the federal government's decision to deny funding to help Illinois residents, businesses and local governments pay for damage caused by December and January floods. Counties impacted by the flooding in December and January include Vermilion and Moultrie.

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 07, 2016

Illinois GOP: Free Up Unspent Money For Social Programs

GOP leaders in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending for human services. They say most of the money would come from state funds set up for special purposes.

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