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Larry Dietz speaking at a podium
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has asked staff to plan for budget cuts of 10% and 20%. In a message to staff who plan budgets at several levels, Dietz said the guidance to develop the scenarios comes amid uncertainty of state support and the impact of the pandemic on future costs.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
Courtesy / Sen. Brady's Office

The head of Illinois Senate Republicans called it “irresponsible” to build a state budget based on revenue from a graduated income tax that voters haven't considered yet.

Colleen speaks to a crowd
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

In the 90 days since Gov. JB Pritzker appointed her head of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Colleen Callahan said she’s gained an understanding of just how big an impact the state’s two-year budget impasse had on the agency.

Keith at debate
Cindy Le / WGLT

All this talk of bipartisanship in the Illinois legislature is a bit overblown, according to a veteran state lawmaker who opposed much of the legislation that Gov. J.B Pritzker and Democratic leaders pushed through in what some political observers have called an historic legislative session.

Jim Durkin and WIlliam Petersen at the Illinois House chamber
Doug Johnson

Two Bloomington arts programs are among the dozens statewide which are hoping to cash in on a one-time windfall of state funding.

Centennial East building entrance
Eric Stock / WGLT

A renovation that's been in the works for over a decade on the Illinois State University campus could soon become reality.

Pritzker Outlines First Budget; GOP Questions Revenue

Feb 20, 2019
J.B. Pritzker
Gov. Pritzker/Facebook

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing raising more than $1 billion in state revenue by legalizing recreational marijuana and sports betting.

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP/File

The poverty rate has inched slightly lower in Illinois but still remains well above the rate that existed before the Great Recession began in 2008.

Vigil Held In Support of Children's Insurance Program

Jan 9, 2018
Judith Valente / WGLT

Children across the country suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses risk losing their health insurance unless Congress acts soon.