News

Budget Starts Moving Through Senate

Budget Starts Moving Through Senate

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Now that Illinois senators have seen what sort of budget can pass the House, it’s their turn to take a look at a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Saturday is the planned adjournment of the General Assembly.

In an appropriations committee hearing, Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) sounded a cautionary note about interfund borrowing.

“This one-time infusion of revenue – next year, that revenue will not be available. We’re just borrowing it for this existing year,” he said. “Those liabilities will continue to grow.”

The budget, absent a tax increase, relies on borrowing and delay. Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) says it’s the same stuff, different day.

“They can’t help themselves on the spending, so they’re going to borrow money, they’re going to use the same one-time tricks which they’ve used for years,” Murphy said.

And, in line with how 2014 has gone at the Capitol, service providers and other advocates for people in need were in evidence.

“Where are the seniors going to go if we don’t have the money to supply the services?” asked Bob Tieman of the Illinois Community Care Program Homecare Providers. “My fear is they’re going to wind up in institutions.”

The House passed the estimated $35.7 billion spending plan Tuesday.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Survey: Teachers Still Spend Plenty of Money Out of Pocket

8-31-15 Horace Mann Survey

A new study by Horace Mann insurance suggests teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their classrooms.

in Local

UIS-Led Survey Examines Issues for Transgendered People

UIS logo

A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows positive attitudes towards the rights of transgendered people.

in Local

Lawmaker: Cut Tax Breaks, Close DCEO

jack franks

State Rep. Jack Franks will propose closing tax loopholes and eliminating what he considers to be unfair credits for businesses.

in Local

Combination-Locked Pill Bottles Now Law

med bottle lock

Illinois is the first state providing for a combination lock on a prescription pill bottle.

in Local

Moody’s Issues Warning About State Credit Rating

Budget Cuts

Moody's: reach a budget agreement by late September.