Judge's gavel.
Blogtrepreneur/Wickimedia Commons
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.


Comptroller Susana Mendoza addresses a women's march earlier this year in Springfield.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
June 07, 2017

Interview: ‘I Shouldn’t Have This Much Power’

Illinois government has been deadlocked on a state budget for 23 months. During that time, the once-perfunctory job of comptroller has gained in power and prominence. On paper, Susana Mendoza is simply in charge of paying the state's bills. But because there’s not nearly enough money to meet Illinois’ obligations, Mendoza must decide who to pay in what order.


Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss
Seth Perlman/AP
June 06, 2017

State Sen. Daniel Biss Wants The Big Office At The Capitol

State Senator and Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss joined WBEZ's Morning Shift on Monday after the end of the Illinois legislature’s spring session, which again saw lawmakers unable to approve a budget. Biss talked about his approach to raising taxes, his relationship with House Speaker Michael Madigan, and more.


Stuart A. Wright
Chicago Police Department
June 06, 2017

Illinois Issues: Officials Wage War Against Hate

The General Assembly passed legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Attorney General Lisa Madigan each pushed a separate piece of hate crime legislation. Both sailed through the General Assembly.


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