Homeless prevention programs were feeling the funding squeeze at both the state and federal level. In 2009, programs had access to $11 million in state funds but the number steadily declined to reach the $1.5 million earmarked for this year.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel packed a lot into his plans for his first 100 days in office but one issue was not addressed in his transition report: homelessness. The grand challenges persist, though—the year's state budget cut funding for emergency and transitional housing by about half.
University of Illinois President Michael Hogan says faculty at all three of the systems main campuses, including Chicago, could receive their first pay raise in three years this summer if current state budget proposals become reality.Hogan told The News-Gazette newspaper in Champaign on Monday that
Heavy rain in Southern Illinois prompted Gov. Quinn to issue a disaster proclamation for the area. On Monday, he described the situation as “very difficult and potentially dangerous.”Tuesday, lawmakers return to Springfield to work on other challenges like education and the state budget.