A judge's gavel.
February 03, 2016

Illinois Issues: What Are Consent Decrees?

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to get the state out of legal agreements called consent decrees. The deals are a big part of the reason the government is still operating without a budget; they also impact the lives of thousands of Illinois residents. But unless you are affected by one, you've probably never heard of them.

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January 2016 Flash Index
(UI Institute for Government and Public Affairs)
February 01, 2016

Drop In Flash Index Keeps Pace With National Economy

University of Illinois Ecomomist Fred Giertz says the monthly Flash Index fell to 105.3 in January from 105.5 a month earlier, which he says is consistent with a national slowdown.  But he says the economy is growing, just at a slower rate.  Giertz also says it's unclear if Illinois' now 8-month budget impasse is having much of an impact.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivering his 2016 State of the State address.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 27, 2016

Gov. Rauner's State Of The State Address: Highlights, Reaction

Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address included proposals for improving Illinois schools, reforms to the state's criminal justice system, support for St. Sen. President Cullerton's pension reform plan and criticism of state employee unions. Illinois labor leaders and African-American lawmakers did not have a positive reaction, while Illinois House Speaker expressed possible support for a new pension reform plan.

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Students demonstrating against layoffs at the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting.
Rich Egger/Tri-States Public Radio
January 26, 2016

Cuts Announced At WIU, EIU

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted Monday to authorize staff reductions for the the upcoming fiscal year. Meanwhile, the president of Eastern Illinois University announced a series of immediate cuts, including the possible imposition of unpaid furloughs and layoffs.

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Verse on a 1909 picture postcard says New Year's resolutions "always break as easy as soap bubbles".
Wikimedia Commons
January 08, 2016

New Year's Resolutions For State Leaders In A Word: Budget!

It's a week into the New Year, and gyms across the country are packed with people who've vowed to get in shape.  Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky had resolved to be one of them ... but admits -- already, she's fallen short. Maybe Illinois' leaders will have better luck.  Vinicky asked around for their civic-minded resolutions. 

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A graph showing the progress of the Flash Index to the state economy.
U of I Institute of Government & Public Affairs
January 05, 2016

Flash Index To State Economy Falls In December

The Flash Index to the Illinois economy fell to 105.5 in December, from its November level of 106.1. Any reading above 100 reflects economic growth. But the December reading was the lowest in 2015 --- in fact the lowest reading since March, 2013.

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Graphic of bag full of "Retirement" cash.
December 21, 2015

Illinois Considers Taxing Retirement Income

Illinois’ top leaders have put off discussing how to resolve the state’s budget impasse until January. But given the state's growing deficit, they'll eventually confront the problem, including the need to find new revenue sources for state government.  The leading group for retirees is on the offensive over one particular tax break.

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