The Hallene Gatway at the University of Illinois at Urbana.
David Mercer/Illinois Public Media
June 09, 2017

Moody’s Issues Another Round Of Credit Downgrades For State Universities

Moody’s Investors Service has once again downgraded its financial ratings for several of Illinois’ public universities. The downgrades announced on Friday includes the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Eastern, Southern and Northern Illinois Universities.

Judge's gavel.
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June 08, 2017

Judge: Illinois Must Make Medicaid Payments Faster

A federal judge on Wednesday agreed that Medicaid service-providers must be paid faster despite the ongoing budget impasse. 

But Judge Joan Lefkow declined to say how the state should go about making those payments, instead urging attorneys for Medicaid patients to continue negotiations with state comptroller Susana Mendoza. 

Chris Kennedy at a University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting in 2014.
Illinois Public Media
June 07, 2017

Chris Kennedy On Why He Should Be Governor Of Illinois

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy talked about a labor group's endorsement of one of his rivals, Illinois' property tax system and whether marijuana should be legalized, in an interview originating at public radio station WBEZ in Chicago.

Champaign Central High School.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
June 07, 2017

While Champaign Schools Wait For State Money, Property Taxes Keep Buses Moving, Staff In Place

The state of Illinois has racked up over 14-billion dollars in unpaid bills since the budget impasse began nearly two years ago. The state owes the money to social service agencies, businesses, hospitals and school districts. The state Comptroller’s office says the state owes the Champaign Unit 4 School District about $4.8 million, making the district one of the state's bigger creditors in eastern Illinois. Unit 4 Chief Financial Officer Tom Lockman spoke to Illinois Public media about the money and how the district is getting by without it as part of ongoing series on the effects of the budget impasse.

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