News

Quinn Expected to Sign Budget Monday

Quinn Expected to Sign Budget Monday

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Gov. Pat Quinn has through Monday to act on the state’s budget.

Quinn is expected to sign the $35.7 billion budget proposal approved by lawmakers in May.

“We’ve been examining the bills as they passed,” Quinn said. “We’ll have to take action by Monday. The fiscal year begins Tuesday, and so we’ll be working on that through the weekend.”

Quinn had favored making the temporary income tax increase permanent to avoid an estimated $2 billion decline in revenue, but the proposal didn’t have enough support from lawmakers. The budget, however, kept most spending flat despite that projected loss of revenue.

Quinn has called the budget “incomplete,” but had ruled out calling legislators back to Springfield for a special session to work on it further.

Recent Headlines

9 hours ago in Local

UPDATE: Budget Plan Passes Amid GOP Outrage

Generic WTAX

$7B unbalanced; $700M bump for schools

13 hours ago in Local

Bomb Threat Unfounded at Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School is back to normal after a bomb threat caused it to be evacuated for a short time Wednesday.

13 hours ago in Local

AP NewsBreak: Rauner Board Asked Builders to Lobby Lawmakers

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Good-government advocates are criticizing the head of an agency managing state construction projects for asking builders to lobby lawmakers to restore funding.

14 hours ago in Local

House Fails to Override Labor Arbitration Veto

5-18-16 Rally 1

The labor arbitration bill remains dead.

14 hours ago in Local

Another Leaders Meeting, Optimism Dissolving

capitol_north

The last days of session are a flurry of activity, if not progress.