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July 06, 2017

Illinois Has A Budget After Lawmakers Override Rauner Vetoes

The Illinois House has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a budget package. The action Thursday gives Illinois its first annual spending plan since 2015.

The House voted to override the Republican governor's veto of a $5 billion increase in income taxes and a $36 billion spending plan.

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June 20, 2017

Rauner Calls For Budget Unity, Democrats Cry Foul

Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging lawmakers to end the "unnecessary" budget crisis that's gripped Illinois for two years.  

The first-term Republican delivered brief comments from the Old State Capitol Tuesday, the evening before legislators were set to begin a special session on the budget. 

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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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