Ill. Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka said Thursday that lawmakers need to take action or the state next summer could end the budget year with another huge backlog of bills. Topinka said Illinois government is still paying bills that date back to April.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's open to privatizing some county services to help solve a major budget shortfall.Preckwinkle said the county is facing a $116 million budget shortfall this fiscal year and a $300 million deficit next year."
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the county is in deep financial trouble. She said the county is running a major deficit not just through this year, but also into the next fiscal year.
A coalition of union leaders is expected to meet with officials from the City of Chicago on Monday. The meeting comes after last week’s announcement by Mayor Emanuel that some 625 unionized employees may lose their jobs.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready to go to court over canceling pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers. Quinn defended his decision to deny the raises by blaming the General Assembly for not appropriating the necessary money.
Illinois' top budget official says the governor is cutting Medicaid payments as a way to force legislators to restructure the program. Gov. Pat Quinn cut $270 million in Medicaid reimbursements when he signed the state budget into law last week."Medicaid is a very ...